More good news on the sustainable energy front? That’s right. Bankrupt and abandoned golf courses in Japan are being converted into enormous solar-power energy generating stations. This brilliant idea, which is hopefully becoming a strong trend, is being undertaken by the Kyocera Corporation.
The image you see above is an artist’s rendition of the transformation an abandoned gold course in Kyoto which will be home to sprawling 23-megawatt solar farm. This wonderful creation will generate enough electricity to power 8,100 homes. It is expected to be complete and fully functioning by 2017.
The Kyocera Corporation also intends to repeat its solar design efforts elsewhere including, but hopefully not limited to, another golf course that was never fully completed in Kagoshima Prefecture. This particular solar farm will be 92-megawatts and is projected to be carried out in conjunction with several other companies.
The Independent explains that golf courses could be a major source space to be developed for solar power farms in the future as there is simply a glut of these abandoned courses throughout Japan. In the 1990’s golf went through a short but significant trend of popularity but almost as quickly as it began, it crashed, leaving many golf courses unfinished, bankrupt and abandoned. Over 2,000 new gold courses were began in short several year span during this ‘golf boom’.
This works out well in the end as golf courses are ideal locations for solar farms as they are nothing but wide open spaces with excellent exposure to the sun. This makes them attractive to alternative power companies and is perhaps one factor that could contribute to the spread of such developments in other countries.
Like Japan, many golf courses faced a similar fate in the US during the recession of 2008. It has been reported that cities in Florida, Utah, Kansas, and Minnesota are already exploring this option as well. It works out pretty well for all parties involved considering the viewpoint of business owners, the well begin of the ecosystem and the increased options for customers who are increasingly interested in powering their homes in a sustainable way.
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