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SGET Begins Construction of 36MW Solar Plant in Tsunami-hit Area (page 2)

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2018/10/11 15:37
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Labo
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In Odaka-ku, Minamisoma City, in addition to SGET Minamisoma Mega Solar, "Minamisoma Murakami Fukuoka Solar Power plant" (grid capacity: 27MW) has already started to be constructed. And the power producer of the plant is a joint venture funded by Shinshowa, etc. The total capacity of the three plants in the southern part of Haramachi District and Odaka District will reach about 100MW.

In Minamisoma City, Sumitomo Corp started operation of "Minamisoma Mano Migita Ebi Solar Power Plant" with a total solar panel capacity of about 60MW in Mano, Migita and Ebi districts. The company is also building "Minamisoma Haramachi-higashi Solar Power Plant" with a total solar panel capacity of 32.2MW in Haramachi-higashi District. The plant is scheduled to start commercial operation in December 2018 (See related article).

Along the coast of Minamisoma City, private business operators are building mega solar plants after the land category of farmland damaged by a tsunami is changed mainly by the city. Minamisoma Mano Migita Ebi Solar Power Plant and Minamisoma Haramachi-higashi Solar Power Plant, which started to be built prior to other plants, are located in former "emergency evacuation preparation zones" located 20-30km away from Fukushima Daiishi Nuclear Power Plant of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc, where the nuclear accident occurred.

SGET Minamisoma Mega Solar and Minamisoma Murakami Fukuoka Solar Power plant, which started to be constructed in the spring of 2018, and SGET Haramachi-minami Mega Solar Plant, which had a ground-breaking ceremony in September 2018, are located in "zones in preparation for the lifting of the evacuation order" located less than 20km away from the nuclear power plant.

Residents evacuated from those zones after the earthquake. As the decontamination by the Japanese government proceeded, the evaluation order was lifted in July 2016, and residents began to return.