According to The Asahi Shimbun, this prefecture, home to the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, is making big headway on its goal to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2040.
Fukushima Prefecture ranked top in solar power generation capability last April among all prefectures and was listed eighth in wind power generation, according to the power research statistics by the ministry of trade and industry.
How the disaster-hit area's efforts to go green pan out may help predict the prospect of Japan’s renewable energy policies.
Once engulfed by the huge tsunami on March 11, 2011, the coastline of the prefecture's Minami-Soma is now dotted with windmills and solar power panels.
In 2012, a year after the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, Yuhei Sato, then Fukushima governor, declared the prefecture would “aim to build a society that is able to continue to develop without relying on energy from nuclear power by promoting renewable energies."
He then set a target to generate all the amount of energy consumed in the prefecture with renewable energy by 2040.
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