Japan plans 1 GW wind farm off coast of Fukushima prefecture

In a move that could symbolize the nation’s turn away from nuclear energy and an embrace of renewable power, Japan is drafting plans to build a large offshore wind farm off the coast of Fukushima prefecture, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

According to reports, the wind power project would comprise 143 wind turbines built on platforms 10 miles off the coast of Fukushima. When completed, the wind farm would generate 1 GW of renewable energy.

Following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that caused the Fukushima disaster, Japan shut down its 54 nuclear reactors and started making plans to replace the lost generation. Some nuclear units have been restored to service to meet demand, however.

Fukushima prefecture has drawn up plans to become completely energy self-reliant by 2040, mostly through the use of renewable energy, according to reports.

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