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Japan Builds Offshore Floating Wind Farm Near Fukushima

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The Japanese government has plans to build an off-shore floating wind farm near Fukushima, thus seeking to reduce its dependence on nuclear power and the associated dangers.

“This is part of the government’s effort towards reconstructing the disaster area while promoting renewable energy,” said an official at the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy.

“Building wind power turbines on land would be more difficult, because of the problems of noise pollution and city planning regulations,” said the unnamed official. “So we are looking at the space offshore.”

Six two-megawatt wind turbines are being included in the project that will cost around $261 million coming from a special budget whose intent is to finance the rebuilding of disaster-hit areas in northeast Japan.

Japan’s largest floating wind power project is planned to go online by 2015 and, if successful, may be followed by similar ones.

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