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Japan’s richest man opens first of string of R.E. projects

Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank has completed the first phase of its solar facility, the Softbank Kyoto Solar Park, which is now operational in time for the new feed-in tariff law for renewable energy.

The first installation of a planned 11, in the southern part of Kyoto City, has a capacity of 2.1 megawatts. This will generate about 2.1 gigawatts of electricity annually – enough to power 580 households in the area.

The second phase of the project started in June and is expected to be operational by September.

The installation is the first of 11 renewable power plants that Softbank chief executive Masayoshi Son, Japan's top billionaire according to Forbes, pledged to build in 2011.

Mr. Son also announced two new renewable projects in Kumamoto, Nagasaki and Shimane areas.

Mr. Son, since the Fukushima meltdown, has been aiming to build an "Eastern Japan Solar Belt" that will promote the shift from nuclear energy to renewable sources in the country, particularly solar, wind and geothermal.

He said the upcoming renewable energy projects will help the northeastern part of Japan recover after the nuclear disaster. – EcoSeed Staff

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