It’s Tuesday, November 12, and Fukushima is getting a green makeover.

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It’s been more than eight years since an earthquake in Japan, closely followed by a tsunami, caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Much of the area surrounding the power plant has remained uninhabited since the meltdown, the worst nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl crisis in 1986. Now, as cleanup of the disabled plant continues, Fukushima is getting a major makeover.

This week, Japanese officials announced plans to build a new $2.7 billion green energy project on contaminated and abandoned land in Fukushima prefecture. The region will get 11 solar plants and 10 wind farms, generating 600 megawatts of electricity. That’s approximately two-thirds of the energy output supplied by a nuclear power plant.

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The plan also includes a 50-mile-wide electricity grid, which would funnel clean energy from the plants in Fukushima to the city of Tokyo. The project, bankrolled by the government-owned Development Bank of Japan, Mizuho Bank, and others, is expected to wrap up in March 2024. It’s part of Fukushima’s larger game plan of going 100 percent renewable by 2040.

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