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Ginoza to get wind power

Date Posted: 1998-05-18

Six wind generator units have been under construction in Ginoza Village since April. The six units are a part of a total of 17 units that are scheduled to go on line in various parts of the prefecture by the end of the year.

Okinawa Electric Power Corp., which owns the units, plans to generate up to 70 percent of the prefecture's power needs by using wind, solar and other natural sources of energy by the year 2010. The project started about tan years ago in Miyako where five units have produced energy since 1989. Company officials say that the wind generators have proven themselves to be a viable method for producing electricity. They say that they are safe, low cost, conserve oil and very effective.

Other sites scheduled to get similar units include Makiminato, Ishikawa City, Gushikawa City, and Miyako. Tonaki, Aguni, Tokashiki, Tarama and Hateruma islands are scheduled to have their own units operational by the end of the year.

The wind generators in Ginoza are being constructed at the site of former Camp Hardy which was returned to the landowners about 20 years ago. As an additional advantage, the village officials expect the wind generator site to also become somewhat a tourist attraction.

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