22 Aug '11, 9pm

Utility Scale Solar Gains Momentum in Japan: Mitsui and Toshiba have announced that they will collaborate to b...

Utility Scale Solar Gains Momentum in Japan: Mitsui and Toshiba have announced that they will collaborate to b...

Mitsui and Toshiba have announced that they will collaborate to build a 50 megawatt solar plant in Japan, a deal that could become part of a wave of utility-scale projects in the country. The plant , if built, will take up 800,000 square meters on land owned by Mitsui Chemicals. A 6 megawatt wind farm will also be built on the site. Chubu Electric, ideally, will buy the power. Although Japan has had a national solar policy since the 1970s, most of the solar arrays are located on roofs. The Fukushima disaster and the widespread anger that has followed in its wake, however, has suddenly made utility-scale solar farms attractive and arguably viable. Masayoshi Son , the entrepreneur behind Softbank, earlier this summer announced plans to invest close to $1 billion to build ten large-scale power plants in the country. The Diet is close to approving an energy bill proposed by Pr...

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