Work begins on Japan's largest solar power plant
A ground-breaking ceremony has been held in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, for one of the country's largest solar power plants.
The plant, to be built on reclaimed land in the town of Sakai by Kansai Electric Power Company, will have about 70,000 solar panels covering about 20 hectares.
It's expected to generate 10,000 kilowatts of electricity, which is enough to supply about 3,000 households.
About 60 people prayed for construction safety in Tuesday's ground-breaking ceremony.
Kansai Electric plans to start partial operation of the plant next November, about one year earlier than scheduled, due to growing pressure to shift to environment-friendly sources of energy.
Company Vice President Sakae Kanno has expressed hope that the plant would contribute to a low carbon society, and said the company is considering building other solar power plants in the future.