Japan Is Trying To 'solar + Agriculture' New Economy: Farming The Ear In A Solar Power Station

- Sep 28, 2017-

China's energy storage network: in Japan, the rural economy is in trouble.The rural population is shrinking, the average age of the farmers is serious (67 years old), the economic status of peasants is lost, and a large number of farmland is abandoned.In this case, the small rural areas encountered a survival crisis.Two new farms in Japan have tried a new industrial model of "solar power + mullet farming" to stimulate agricultural development.

Make full use of agricultural space


Solar panels are basking in the sun, generating electricity, and the space below is used to raise wooden ears.The wood ear suits the growth environment with little sunlight, so it is appropriate to put it under the solar panel.In addition, it is also a good choice to plant potato under the solar power plate for less light.

These wooden ears are specially imported from China with an annual output of 40 tons.Solar panels generate up to 4, 000 kilowatts of electricity, which are bought by a local power company.

The project is sponsored by Sustainergy, a renewable energy start-up.Sustainergy says the project aims to "share energy" and use solar panels to create more space for sustainable development.The solar panels for the project were leased to Hitachi and built and maintained by Japan's daiwa house construction group.

The new economy of solar + agriculture

Much of Japan's food is imported, but about 10 per cent of its farmland is still unusable.

Japan's "farm land act" stipulates that solar power cannot be used.After the policy adjustment, many farmland in Japan now began to be "interdependent" with solar power plants and developed together.

The prospects for the development of solar panels are better: when the weather is hot, solar panels can block out the heat of the ear, producing the fungus that produces as much production as the open air.

Farmers can make up for the loss caused by special weather by selling electricity.

Not only that, but farmers can also herd sheep and cattle on the grass under the solar panels.

In this way, the sheep can also replace the lawn mower, and the grass can absorb carbon dioxide to reduce the carbon footprint.