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Japan's Abandoned Golf Courses Get Second Life As Solar Farms

Japan's Abandoned Golf Courses Get Second Life As Solar Farms
Japan's Abandoned Golf Courses Get Second Life As Solar Farms, Rendering of Kyocera's Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills project. Image © Kyocera
Rendering of Kyocera's Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills project. Image © Kyocera

With a goal to double the amount of its renewable energy power sources by 2030, Japan has begun to transform abandoned golf courses into massive solar energy plants. As Quartz reports, Kyocera, a company known for its floating solar plants, has started construction on a 23-megawatt solar plant on an old golf course in the Kyoto prefecture (scheduled to open in 2017). The company also plans to break ground on a similar, 92-megawatt plant in the Kagoshima prefecture next year. Pacifico Energy is also jumping on the trend; with the help of GE Energy Financial Services, the company is overseeing two solar plant golf course projects in the Okayama prefecture. The idea is spreading too; plans to transform gold courses into solar fields are underway in New York, Minnesota and other US states as well.

The full story can be read on Quartz here.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Japan's Abandoned Golf Courses Get Second Life As Solar Farms" 10 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/771647/japans-abandoned-gold-courses-get-second-life-as-solar-farms/> ISSN 0719-8884
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Rendering of Kyocera's Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills project. Image © Kyocera

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