Microgrids in Japan: Smart Cities Arise Out of Disaster
The US is by no means the only nation in the world where the winds of climate change are taking an increasingly heavy toll. The Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 cannot be linked to a warming climate, but it did trigger a sesimic shift of sorts in terms of Japan's strategic approch to power and energy, one akin to that which occurred in the US in the wake of Superstrom Sandy.
And just as three major hurricanes recently buffeted the US, Japan was buffeted by three typhoons. The three exterme weather events brought Japan's energy policy into the spotlight, its energy resiliency, renewables and distributed energy resources policies, programs and projects in particular.
A partnership between PanaHome, ENERES, IBJ Leasing and the government of Hyogo Prefecture. The project partners unveiled a plan on September 21 that calls for installing and integrating 117 home solar PV-battery energy storage systems to form a community microgrid in a new area of Ashiya City known as Smart City Shioashiya Solar-Shima. Panasonic, Tesla’s lithium-ion battery Gigafactory partner, is supplying the residential battery energy storage systems.
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