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09/22/2012

Yasu City to attract a photovoltaic power station to the shore of Lake Biwa

Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture, is planning to utilize idle land of 24 thousand square meters on the shore of Lake Biwa by attracting a photovoltaic power station, also known as Mega-Solar, some sources say. The city office will invite tenders for a bidding shortly, and will determine a contractor possibly in October if things go well.

According to the sources, the land will be lent at 125 yen per 1 square meter for 20 years. The city office estimates that it will gain approximately 85 million yen through the rent and municipal property tax, and that it will be able to reduce the cost of removing weeds by about 30 million yen during the contract term. If the project goes well, the city believes it will get more profit.

"We aim at creating renewable energy by attracting the first photovoltaic power station at Lake Biwa, which matches an image of the clean lake," says Mayor Yoshiaki Yamanaka.

(Tokyo Shimbun, September 17, 2012)

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