Fueled by a real estate boom, golf experienced a meteoric rise in popularity in Japan during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Just under 2,000 golf courses were opened in the space of a few short years, and many have closed down since as interest in the sport waned.
Luckily, electronics manufacturer Kyocera installed a 23-megawatt solar power plant at the site of an abandoned golf course in Yonago City, providing enough energy to power 12,000 households.
Golf courses are the perfect place to build solar farms. The wide-open spaces receive plenty of sun making them prime real estate for solar panel installation.
This renewable energy project is one of many as Japan is looking for clean energy alternatives to nuclear energy after the Fukushima disaster of 2011.