In an effort to boost renewable energy production and diversify its energy sources in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in 2011, Japan is covering its many abandoned old courses in solar panels.
In the 1990’s Japan experienced a massive ‘golf boom,’ resulting in the construction of more than 2,000 new golf courses in just a few years. That’s quite a lot of courses in relation to the size of the island.
Unfortunately the demand for golf didn’t quite live up to expectations; this caused the bankruptcy of hundreds of courses and now many lie abandoned across the countryside of Japan.
Last week, it was announced that Kyocera would turn the former Kyoto golf course into a 23-megawatt solar farm; the artist’s rendition is shown below.
Thankfully these courses can now be put to good use. The wide-open spaces receive plenty of sun making them prime real estate for the installation of solar panels.
Will this move from Japan show the way for other countries to follow suit? In the US there are many abandoned courses in Florida, Utah, Kansas and Minnesota after the recession of 2008.
What do you think? Should we be trying to reboot the golf industry back into action or do we accept that we have too many courses and let them be turned into alternative options for power.