:recycle: Solar panels in Ota Japan :recycle: (Why? (Is a sustainable…
:recycle: Solar panels in Ota Japan :recycle:
What is it?
a panel designed to absorb the sun's rays and turn them into energy
Since 1998, the city has invested in solar power, distributing them for free for a period of time
a house holds electrical appliances are mostly powered by their own solar energy
Where is it?
Ota, Japan, known as the 'solar city'
Located 80 km south-west of Tokyo.
It is in the north hemisphere above Australia
Map of Ota, Japan
Is a sustainable energy resource.
There is limited amount of natural energy resources in Japan.
Is better for the environment as less fossil fuels are used for energy, meaning less pollution.
Ota is one of Japan's sunniest location; solar panels therefore utilise their abundance of solar energy.
Using solar panels to reduce use of fossil fuels means that Japan is pulling its weight in prevention of global warming and is being equitable.
Economically, solar panels reduce people's power bills and mean that Japan is spending less money importing fossil fuels.
Advantages & disadvantages
Unused energy gets sold to the local power company so that the people living in the house have a reason to use less energy as they will benefit from that.
It cuts down the amount of non renewable resources used and allows for Japan to buy less and spend less money on these resources as they are making them in their own country.
The solar panels cost a lot of money to make and to install so it couldn't really work in a developing country where there is little money.
It is an inconvenience for the people of Ota to have to run on these solar panels as the energy given isn't as sufficient as that of fossil fuels. (That being said they still manage well.)
On a normal day there is more than enough energy to supply for a household, however on a cloudy day the power generated is less than half.
Solar panels are expensive and take energy themselves to make.
Since government is giving out the solar panels for free, the construction of solar panels is paid using tax money.
The government supplying free solar panels to those who want them.
Everything mentioned before.