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Is it possible to turn Fukushima into a new source of renewable energy?

Before the Fukushima Disaster in 2011supplied a third of the electricity to the metropolitan region of Japan, being embedded in the country's electricity transmission network. At the same time, Fukushima is the third largest prefecture in Japan and has a huge amount of renewable resources, so the prefecture has great potential for introducing renewable energy sources. According to the portal, the Japanese government is ready to breathe new life into the energy industry in Fukushima, the destruction of which led to a nuclear crisis. It is currently planned to turn the Fukushima area into a renewable energy center that will produce it for supply and use in the capital.

Solar and wind power plants will be built on agricultural land and mountainous areas that were previously used by the population.

New electrical network for Tokyo

Despite the environmentalcatastrophe, the Japanese government is currently developing a development plan for 11 solar and 10 wind farms in Fukushima Prefecture on agricultural land that is not used by the local population due to increased radiation pollution.

Government expects total costs fordevelopment of the region will amount to 300 billion yen, or about 2.75 billion dollars. The main sponsors of this project will be the State Development Bank of Japan and the private lender Mizuho Bank, which have already prepared a credit line for co-financing the project.

The average electricity generation in the prefecture atcurrently estimated at about 600 megawatts, which is equivalent to two-thirds of the nuclear power plant, with all the energy produced going to the capital of Japan.

The planned plan provides for the constructionAn 80-kilometer wide grid in Fukushima to connect the generated power to the transmission network from Tokyo Electric PowerCo. According to rough estimates, this part of the project will cost about 29 billion yen.

In 2011, about 160,000 people left the exclusion zone

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Fukushima government is currently tryingto increase renewable energy production in the region after the 2011 accident. An earthquake of magnitude 9 triggered a tsunami that flooded the nuclear power plant with sea water and caused the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

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After disaster recovery, forresumption of production, a plan was developed to provide renewable energy for the entire region by 2040. They plan to achieve this goal by combining the energy of wind, sun and water, as well as geothermal energy. It is known that in this way in 2018 Fukushima already managed to generate almost 1.5 GW of electricity.