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Ogimi Village first to get electric power from wind

Date Posted: 2011-05-19

Ogimi Village residents are hearing firsthand this month from Okinawa Electric Power Company of a proposal to install two wind generation facilities to provide power while reducing the consumption of fossil fuels.

Okinawa Electric Power Company wants to construct the new facility near Ishiyama Observatory in the Nerome district of the village within the next two years. When completed, the wind generators would provide eight million kilowatt-hours of electric power, enough to serve 2,000 households for an entire year. Village residents are being briefed on the plans this month, with the power company wanting to begin design work next month.

The Ogimi Village Planning and Tourism Section says the two wind generating facilities would be equipped with 2,000 kilowatt class generating power, enough to reduce crude oil consumption by some 2,000 kiloliters, while also reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 7,000 tons. Officials say the new facility would reduce the burden on the environment.

Ogimi Village must decide on the íRegion Energy Visioní and come up with a plan to introduce clean energy sources such as hydropower, biomass, wind force and sunlight. Village officials say they intend to develop a plan to spread new energy sources to residents, starting with introducing the wind generators.

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