One of the drawbacks of sustainable energy is it can take up a lot of space to build wind and solar farms. Electronics manufacturing company Kyocera is converting unused, abandoned golf courses in Japan for this very purpose. The abundant space can be used to create solar farms with expansive panels laid out on the green.
Many Japanese gold courses were built in more prosperous years and were left vacant after a decline in economic growth. So now they lay are eating up a considerable amount of space on an already densely populated island.
This provides ample opportunity to forward-thinking firms like Kyocera to use for sustainable energy generation. A 23 megawatt solar energy farm will be constructed -- the largest in the Kyoto region, servicing 8100 households locally.