OITA – The city of Yufu, Oita Prefecture, passed regulations Tuesday to restrict the construction of large solar plants to prevent eyesores.
The rules, expected to take effect before the end of the month, were passed following local opposition to several proposals to build large-scale solar power generation plants.
Residents were concerned the power plants would spoil views in the city, which has a big hot-springs tourism industry.
The rules require firms wanting to build plants covering more than 5,000 sq. meters to submit proposals that could be altered by the city.
The municipal government already has strict zoning controls in specific areas to preserve the natural environment and superior views.
Companies proposing big solar plants are also required to hold public meetings with residents before submitting their plans to the city.
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