Making renewable energy drive reconstruction plan

Iitatemura, Fukushima Prefecture, is a beautiful village blessed with rich nature in the highlands of the northern Abukuma Mountains. Forests account for about 75% of the village. Although the damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake was relatively minor, contamination due to radiation material scattered by the nuclear power plant accident in Fukushima became serious, worsened by other factors such as the direction of the wind.

Until the evacuation instruction was lifted on March 31, 2017, the village had been abandoned since it was designated as a "Planned Evacuation Zone" in April 2011.

After the earthquake, Iitatemura formulated the "Iitate Madeina Reconstruction Plan." The plan replaced the "Low-Carbon Development of Local Community" project that was disrupted by the nuclear plant accident. The plan aims to generate employment while overcoming the nuclear plant accident and establishing energy independence. Renewable energy is a pillar of such a reconstruction plan. In this village, multiple mega- (large-scale) solar power plants are being constructed in parallel with decontamination and reconstruction projects.

The "Iitate Madeina Solar Power Plant" is one of such power plants. Special purpose company (SPC) "Iitate Madeina Renewable Energy Power Generation" is the power producer and is financed 55% by Toko Electrical Construction Co Ltd and 45% by Iitatemura.

Fig. 1: The Iitate Madeina Solar Power Plant's west site (source: Toko Electrical Construction)