Solar Golf Courses in Japan

19 August by


Japan are turning their derelict golf courses into solar farms, offering a cleaner and safer alternative to nuclear energy in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Golf is not as trendy as it was in the 80s and Japan has seen a 40% reduction in participation in the sport.  

Golf's loss is the renewable energy industry's gain, because instead of levelling the old courses for development, the innovative solar industry has acquired sites and is installing great swathes of solar panels.

Japanese headquartered company, Kyocera is one of the world's largest producers and suppliers of solar energy panels and is leading this solar development.  The first 23 megawatt golf course project will launch in 2017 and produce enough power for around 8,000 homes.

Planning on an additional solar plant began in January 2014 and is now underway - it will cover approximately 2,000,000m2, accommodate 340,740 Kyocera solar modules, and is expected to generate roughly 99,230MWh annually – enough to power approximately 30,500 households.