Through his Musk Foundation, Elon Musk has donated $250,000 to build a solar PV system in Soma City, in the Fukushima prefecture of Japan.
US company, SolarCity is donating time and resources to manage the project, which will provide renewable electricity to a city facility located on reclaimed industrial land not suitable for agriculture. Musk claims that the PV plant can act as a model for reconstruction of disaster-stricken areas.
The solar arrays will consist of high-efficiency solar panels manufactured in Japan, and will be installed by local workers. The project will create local construction jobs.
Hidekiyo Tachiya, mayor of Soma City, said: “We are grateful to Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation for this generous gift. Recovery requires us to build new industries, and our next generation wants them to be supported by new kinds of energy.
With this project as a beginning, Soma City hopes to become a model for Japan’s energy future.”
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