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This is the first ordinance regulating solar power generation in Kyushu, and it is an unusual measure nationally.
The town of Yufu, with its famous Yufuin-onsen, is among leading tourist destinations in Kyushu. Along with hot springs, beautiful scenery too is a valuable tourism resource that helps attract visitors.
(Yufu. Photo by Takasunrise 0921. Reproduced under GFDL+creative commons2.5)
Recenty, several plans for large scale solar power generation projects have successively emerged in the town.
Local residents, fearing that such projects would have disastrous effect on their town's landscape, opposed them, but solar power plant construction on private land cannot be regulated under Japan's current Landscape Act. That is why Yufu started working on its own ordinance proposal in December 2013.
The proposal passed unanimously in the town council on January 28, 2014, and was enforced on the following day.
Boom in solar power construction in Japan was sparked by the launch of renewable energy feed-in tariff (FIT) system in July 2012.
We - Bo & Su - will also benefit from this system in our solar sharing power plant & farm that is now being designed.
FIT system has been a powerful boost to the spread of renewable energy, but (just as any other system) it is not perfect.
The inventor of solar sharing Akira Nagashima received Solar Award 2013. He was one of three winners in the "Challenge" category.
4. Tamaden installs solar panels on the borrowed roof and connects them to public grid.
5. Tamaden earns revenue from selling solar power to the grid (hereby the use of nation's feed-in tariff system)
6. From that revenue, Tamaden pays rent to the roof owner, dividends to investors who bought the bonds, and pays back the loan.
That's it. In theory, everything works perfectly. In reality, it works moderately well. In its short year-and-a-half history, Tamaden has launched two solar powerplants: one on the roof of Keisen University (恵泉女学園大学, 30 kW) and the other at Yuimaru Hijirigaoka (ゆいま～る聖ヶ丘, 67 kW), both in Tama, Western Tokyo.
This model does work, but whether it works as a for-profit enterprise is another question. When I visited Tamaden's solar plant on the roof of Keisen University and heard Mr. Sadatsugu Ohki, Tamaden's vicepresident, explaining their journey, my impression was that Tamaden is a bit struggling. The single biggest headache seems to be financing - How to slice the pie?
(This article is not about solar sharing, but the topic is at least as important.)
Kondadai is a piece of forest about 4 km from Tsukuba station in the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki prefecture.