International Society for Sustainability Science (ISSS)


Research into the introduction of a solar energy system in agricultural villages in Niigata Prefecture


Expectations are high regarding the potential of solar energy systems as a means of promoting renewable energy for the future and the subsequent reduction of carbon emissions. It is well-known that the feed-in tariff system has helped to speed up the installation of solar technology, with installation occurring on buildings and on the roofs of urban areas and homes and the construction of mega solar facilities on various vacant lots.

This research investigates the possibilities for the introduction of solar energy systems into villages that had previously undergone no such work. Specifically, the possibilities for installation on previously unused canal slopes are being investigated in cooperation with the Kamedagou Land Improvement District. Through the installation of small test equipment, research investigates not only the conditions of power generation but also its effect on the growth of weeds. The study also conducts hearings with affected stakeholders to consider the potential to create value beyond mere power generation as well as the process of introducing a solar power system.

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Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo


Energy Sustainability Forum

Research Priod


See also
University of Tokyo IR3S
The Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) aims to be as a global research and educational platform for sustainability science. 
JSPS Core-to-Core Program  
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science(JSPS) provides program to build an international framework in leading-edge fields of science.
Network of Networks 
Network of Networks (NNs) is the comprehensive network linking existing networks of universities and research institutions.

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