Japan is planning to build five new wood combustion power plants in the provinces of Iwate and Miyagi, to clear left-over rubble after the 11 March 2011 earthquake.

The Iwate and Miyagi areas are left with 20 and 30 million tons of waste material, of which about 5 million tons is wood.

Over 3,000 homes will receive power generated by the planned power plants, which are expected to produce about 10MW of power per year.

The government is also planning to subsidise these projects, which have a high cost of operations compared to the other wind or solar facilities, reports The Hindu.