Govts pursue renewable energy

Local governments have stepped up efforts to introduce renewable energy systems with the aim of achieving self-sufficient electricity production.

A key challenge is that power generation from eco-friendly energy sources, which do not emit carbon dioxide, is inefficient and has a far smaller output compared to nuclear and thermal power generators. Therefore it is particularly difficult to build adequate renewable energy infrastructure in urban areas where large amounts of power is consumed.

At the Wakkanai mega solar power plant in Wakkanai, Hokkaido, immense solar panels are lined up on a large patch of land, across which cold winds blow. The plant, which is operated by the Wakkanai city government, has about 30,000 solar panels, consisting of segments about six meters tall. Its vast scale astonishes visitors… Read more


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