- A Japanese city has started using its land in the most efficient way possible by maximising rooftop productivity.
- Ashikaga city is promoting a scheme to lease the roof-tops of public facilities for the installation of solar panels so private energy companies can use the space for renewable energy generation.
- Businesses lease the rooftop space for solar panels on the condition that they supply the public facilities with power in times of environmental disaster or supply-demand shortfall induced power disruption.
- Leasing fees will be set based on local government electricity prices.
Not only does this arrangement make the most of valuable land by utilising vertical space, but it encourages the use of renewable energy sources and provides energy resilience in the face of environmental disasters.
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