Following the horrific earthquake, tsunami, and the proceeding nuclear meltdown at the facility in Fukushima, a small Japanese village decided it wanted a cleaner way to get its energy. In a little over a year, Sanno, a rural community of less than a dozen households has managed to become fully solar-powered. In doing so, Sanno became the first municipality in Japan to produce all its own electricity from renewable energy.
According to MSN.com, the solar installation went live this past March and is now fully operational.
They are expected to generate 40,000 kwh annually. Given that the average household consumes 3,400 kwh in a year, that’s enough for 12 households. Sanno has 11. Continue reading