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Japan launches a major auction for two offshore wind power projects, aiming for a greener future with up to 1.05 GW capacity.

In a significant stride toward bolstering its renewable energy footprint, the Japanese government initiated a pivotal round of auctions on Friday. This third major auction aims to appoint operators for two promising offshore wind power projects in the country's northern reaches, poised to collectively generate a substantial 1.05 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy.

Strategically located, one project site graces the southern waters of the Japan Sea, adjacent to Aomori prefecture, near the locales of Tsugaru city and Ajigasawa town. This site is projected to harness 600 megawatts (MW) of wind power. Concurrently, the second site, situated off the coast of Yamagata prefecture near Yuza town, is expected to contribute an additional 450 MW.

Both sites, identified as "promotion areas" in October, are slated for the development of fixed-bottom wind farms. These ambitious projects are on track to commence operations by the mid-2030s, marking a significant leap in Japan's renewable energy journey.

Prospective operators participating in the auction can look forward to a long-term commitment, with the winning bids securing rights to utilize the designated sea areas for an extended period of up to 30 years. This provision underscores the government's dedication to fostering a sustainable and robust offshore wind energy sector.

Running through July 19, the auction's results are eagerly anticipated to be unveiled in December, as disclosed in a joint statement by Japan's land and industry ministries. This initiative aligns seamlessly with Japan's strategic vision, encapsulated in the 2019 law aimed at accelerating wind farm development. 

The nation has set ambitious targets, planning to select operators for offshore wind projects with a capacity of up to 10 GW by 2030, and an impressive 30-45 GW by 2040, thereby solidifying its commitment to a renewable and sustainable energy future.

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