solar panels in Fukishima - Rob GilhoolyIt seems the most unlikely place to try to put a utopian blueprint into practice. Yet a patch of land in Fukushima, the Japanese region contaminated by nuclear fallout in 2011, holds the foundations of a model renewable village of the future.

Construction has started to reuse farmland contaminated by radioactive fallout placing 120 photovoltaic panels that generate 30 kilowatts of power which is sold to a local utility. Plans are afoot to put wind turbines on some of the land, too.

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