JAPAN’S RENEWABLE ENERGY PUZZLE: SOLAR PUSH THREATENS ENVIRONMENT
In response to global pressures, Japan’s government aims to increase its renewable energy sources’ shares from 15% to between 22% and 24% by 2030. However, this push to expand the renewable energy sector may pose counterproductive threats to the environment. Residents near the proposed large-scale solar farm in the city of Kamogawa oppose these efforts, in part, because creating the “mega solar plant” involves developers destroying 300 hectares of forest. The irony of swapping carbon-sequestering trees for a solar plant is not lost on campaigners who oppose this plan. In addition to loss of natural and historical lands, the Japan Renewable Energy Institute also notes growing concern about these mega plants exacerbating flooding and landslides. For the full story, see: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/19/japans-renewable-energy-puzzle-solar-push-threatens-environment.