Abandoned Golf Course to be Repurposed with Solar Power Plant from Kyocera TCL Solar
Kyocera Corp. recently announced that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC, its joint venture with Century Tokyo Leasing Corp., has commenced construction of a 23-megawatt (MW) solar power plant on an abandoned golf course in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The plant will reportedly generate an estimated 26,312 megawatt hours (MWh) per year, enough electricity to power approximately 8,100 typical local households.
The new plant will reportedly become the largest solar power installation in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture. The site is located in Fushimi Ward, where Kyocera established its first major solar energy research center in the mid-1970s. In addition to this project, Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing, along with two other companies, recently announced that it is developing a 92-MW solar power plant at a site in Kagoshima Prefecture of Japan that was originally designated for golf course use more than 30 years ago but subsequently abandoned.
In the U.S., several cities in states such as Florida, Utah, Kansas, and Minnesota are having public discussions and considering proposals regarding how best to repurpose closed golf courses. The overdevelopment of golf properties during the real estate boom of the 1990s and 2000s has led to hundreds of idle courses that are now under analysis for repurposing or redevelopment. Many of these properties are now being reconsidered as sites for new housing development, parkland and a wide range of other commercial uses, including solar farms. Solar can provide a particularly productive and environmentally friendly use for defunct golf courses, which are characterized by expansive land mass, high sun exposure, and a low concentration of shade trees.
Additional details are available at http://global.kyocera.com.