Japan plans to invest 20bn yen ($261m) in a floating wind energy pilot project near Fukushima nuclear power plant.

The Japanese government will involve local industries in constructing the project, which will consist of six 2 MW wind turbines. Japan plans to build as many as 80 floating wind turbines off Fukushima by 2020, said an official.

“Floating wind power generation is still in the developing stage, so it is good to get Japanese companies involved,” said Masanori Sato, a trade ministry official in charge of promoting clean energy. “Offshore wind power is going to be important.”

But some commentators consider that Japan’s new feed-in tariff energy law to promote renewable energy will need revisions to achieve the desired effect of reducing dependence on nuclear power.

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