Toshiba to set up giant solar plants in disaster-stricken Minamisoma

Kyodo

Toshiba Corp. and the tsunami-wrecked city of Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, have agreed to build gigantic solar power plants at a cost of about ¥30 billion to assist its recovery from the March 2011 disasters.

Construction of the solar energy farms, which will have a total annual capacity of 100,000 kw, will begin in the current business year and operations are slated for launch by fiscal 2014, the company said Wednesday.

Toshiba and the city of Minamisoma, parts of which fell within the original no-go zone imposed around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, also plan to turn the city into a next-generation smart community that maximizes efficient energy use.