From country club to renewable energy hub

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Published on: July 21, 2015

takepart / Anna Hess / 20 July 2015

solar-japan-golf-courses-MAIN2Japanese electronics giant Kyocera recently announced plans to repurpose an abandoned Kyoto golf course as a 23-megawatt solar power plant. The plant will supply enough energy to power more than 8,000 local households.

Kyocera is also involved in a project to build a 92-megawatt solar plant on abandoned Kagoshima land originally designated for a golf course more than 30 years ago.

Japan serves as the perfect pioneer for this land-recycling innovation, as it’s inundated with golf courses left over from a 1980s real estate boom, and the country has proved to be a renewable energy spearhead.