The Daily Yomiuri has reported that the Iwanuma city government plans to build a solar plant on farmland damaged beyond feasible repair by salt water and subsidence from last year’s earthquake and tsunami. According to the report, the plant will generate 15,000kW of electricity, with an annual power generation of 18 million kWh.
City officials advised that around 20 companies, from business firms to electronic manufacturers, have expressed interest in the project. Officials plan to choose a contractor later this month and hope to see work on the solar plant begin in July, with operation beginning next year. Construction of the solar installation holds an expected US$61.85 million price tag.
Electricity generated by the plant will be sold to Tohoku Electric Power under the special measures law for renewable energy sources, which takes effect in July. Additionally, as the plant will be located close to the Sendai Airport, electricity may be supplied to the airport in case of an emergency.