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Japan's first big offshore wind farm begins operation

Marubeni-led project with 20 turbines opens in Akita prefecture

Electricity from this wind farm near Noshiro Port, in Akita prefecture, will be sold to regional utility Tohoku Electric Power for 20 years. (Photo courtesy of Akita Offshore Wind Corp.)

TOKYO -- Japan's first large offshore wind farm began commercial operation on Thursday, boosting the country's efforts to scale wind power generation at sea.

Trading house Marubeni, which is the top shareholder in the project, announced the opening of the facility in the Sea of Japan near Noshiro Port in Akita prefecture, about 500 kilometers north of Tokyo.

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