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Japan to build one of the world’s biggest solar power plants

Setouchi, a city in the western prefecture of Okayama, will be home to a solar power plant with a generating capacity of 230,000 KW, making it the largest facility of its kind in Japan and one of the biggest in world, the Nikkei business newspaper reported.

U.S.-based industrial giant General Electric Co. plans to take a majority stake in the plant’s operator, opening the way for it to enter Japan’s growing photovoltaic energy industry, Nikkei said.

The power plant, which will supply electricity to about 80,000 households and is expected to begin operating in 2018, will be bigger than the 111,000 KW facility that Japan’s Softbank plans to bring online on the island of Hokkaido in 2015.

Eurus, a company formed by Toyota Tsusho and Tokyo Electric Power, plans to build a solar power plant with a capacity similar to the Hokkaido facility.
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