Look What Could Happen To A Golf Course Near You
Reports suggest that the popularity of golf in the USA is in decline. It would appear
that is the case in Japan, with golf courses being closed and abandoned due to lack of memberships.
Obviously these large areas are now unused so the question is what can be done with them. Well in Japan due to the need for clean renewable energy solar farms have started to appear. It may not be what people want to see, vast areas of solar panels, but there is a need for more power.
This idea of using redundant land is now in the early stages of planning in the USA. This being the case there is a real possibility of vast solar farms being created of unused golf courses, which would unfortunate, not being able to see the open green areas that have seen thousands of people enjoying their favourite past-time.
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In Japan, country club memberships famously went for millions of dollars in the late 1980s. Then, too many courses were built in 1990s and 2000s during a real estate boom. Now the nation faces the question of what to do with its abandoned golf courses.
Meanwhile, Japan’s energy strategy in the aftermath of Fukushima calls for roughly doubling the amount of renewable power sources in the country by 2030. It is already building solar power plants that float on water. Perhaps inevitably, then, the nation has turned to building solar plants on old golf courses.
Last week, Kyocera and its partners announced they had started construction on a 23-megawatt solar plant project located on an old golf course in the Kyoto prefecture. Scheduled to go operational in September 2017, it will generate a little over 26,000 megawatt hours per year, or enough electricity to power approximately 8,100 typical local households. The electricity will be sold to a local utility.