Toshiba has annuonced it will begin building solar plants on Japan’s disaster-hit coastline in Fukushima. The plants will generate approximately 100 megawatts of electricity capable of powering around 30,000 homes, making it the biggest solar project in Japan. It will cost Toshiba 30 billion yen to create several large solar plants in Minami Soma, with building to begin this year and operations to begin in 2014.
Residents of Minami Soma were forced to evacuate their homes when the Fukushima nuclear plants, located around 25 km away, were damaged in an earthquake and tsunami late last year. Toshiba’s plan takes over from a previous project in the same area that was meant to generate around 70 megawatts of energy.