Small Japanese village becomes first to go 100% solar power
The small Japanese village of Sanno, in Hyogo Prefecture, has become the country’s first to get all of its electricity from solar power. Shortly after last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, the town’s residents, which only consists of around a dozen households, collectively decided to construct a large solar power installation for the community. A little over a year later, they have completed their goal, and are now 100% reliant on renewable energy sources.
The residents of Sanno were just as unhappy with the country’s reliance on nuclear power as much of the Japanese population remains today. Since they already had plenty of space available, they made up their minds to take the financial risk of building solar power plant that would provide enough for everyone. With estimated costs of construction coming in at 17 million yen (approx. $215,000), they began development this past January. The power plant now generates around 40,000 kilowatt-hours, just enough to provide for the village’s 42 people.
The achievement may be small, but is significant because it provides a great example of how quickly a collective of residents, retired farmers, no less, could organize themselves so quickly and bring about a profitable solar power installation. As the Japanese government is making steps towards the direction of renewable energies, including solar and geothermal power, this serves as a great example of how quickly things can be up and running, as opposed to taking years to move away from nuclear power.
Source: The Japan Daily Press