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Northern Japan Nets Two New Wind Farms, One Geothermal Plant

Japan’s Marubeni Corporation has won contracts to build two wind farms that will deliver 145 megawatts of electricity when they go into service in 2021.

The installations will be located at two major ports, Akita and Noshiro, in the northern part of the country.

Japan is believed to have more than 750 gigawatts (750 billion watts) of wind potential, 168 GW onshore and more than 600 GW offshore, CleanTechnica reports. “Some barriers to expanding wind power in Japan have been a fishing industry that has not wanted to share open ocean space with the wind industry,” Richardson writes. “For potential onshore wind farms, the proposed sites tend to be in rural areas where grid connections are generally not as strong, so transmitting electricity to metropolitan areas is harder.”

Akita prefecture will also be the site of a $221-million, 42-MW geothermal project that should be operational in 2019, CleanTechnica notes.