Son eyes solar power plants

Kyodo

Masayoshi Son, president of telecom firm Softbank Corp., is making plans to build around 10 large solar power plants around the country as part of a project that could be worth ¥80 billion, Softbank and local officials said Saturday.

Son plans to team up with local government federations in the Tokyo and Osaka metropolitan areas to build the plants, but the details, such as how to secure the land, have been left for future discussions, they said.

Saitama Gov. Kiyoshi Ueda revealed that his prefecture and Softbank are working to build a large solar plant there through an ¥8 billion joint project. Ueda added that Softbank has offered ¥7.9 billion for financing.

Son has become an opponent of nuclear power since radiation started leaking from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, which is bringing Tokyo Electric Power Co. massive criticism.