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Japan's biomass power capacity seen growing 50% by early 2020s

An economical alternative to solar energy picks up steam

An eRex biomass power plant in Oita Prefecture with an output capacity of 50,000kW.

TOKYO -- Biomass power plants in Japan will be able to meet the electricity needs of at least 9 million households by the early 2020s, up 50% from the current level, a sign that power generation by burning wood chips and other renewable materials is catching on here.

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