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Japan will soon start inviting applications for operating offshore wind power plants in designated areas in Chiba and Akita prefectures,utilities-me.com. anticipated.
As the country lacks experience in the field of wind power plants the project will serve as a test for the technological development and profitability of wind power generation in Japan,it added.
Wind power generation is an important part of efforts to popularize renewable energy use, and is expected to play a role in Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s key policy goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions in Japan by 2050.
According to the agency, there are four areas designated under related legislation, with one located off the coast of Choshi, Chiba Prefecture; one off the coast of Noshiro, Mitane and Oga in Akita Prefecture; and two off the coast of Yurihonjo, also in Akita Prefecture.
The government plans to soon publish details of tender. It will be the first time in Japan that a wind turbine would be built directly on the ocean floor in a shallow area.
Earlier in July, the government laid out a plan to achieve a power generation capacity of 10 million kilowatts, equal to that of 10 nuclear reactors, with offshore wind power plants by 2030.
The main aim is to make offshore wind power the country’s main energy source.