NTT Facilities to build 12MW of PV in Japan's nuclear exclusion zone

NTT Facilities has revealed that it is installing an 11.7MW solar array in Japan’s nuclear exclusion zone.

It started building the project earlier this month on a 16-hectare plot of land in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture.

It expects the site to begin generating electricity by July 2017, according to an online statement.

The community of Okuma was evacuated over radiation concerns in the wake of the March 2011 accident at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and effectively remains a ghost town to this day.

The NTT array is the latest in a number of solar projects that have been announced near the largely uninhabited areas around the crippled nuclear plant.

In May, Sumitomo began developing a 59.9MW solar array just outside of the nuclear exclusion zone, in Minamisōma, Fukushima prefecture.

And in March, Eurus Energy finished 22MW of PV at two locations in nearby Soma, Fukushima prefecture.