Combining Mushroom Farming And Solar Panels
Combining agriculture and solar panels allows more use to be made out of valuable land. This is something that Japan is currently investing in as projects like this can provide clean energy, food, as well as a source of income for the owners of these projects.
Japan has been trying to steer away from nuclear power and more towards renewable energy generation since the Fukushima disaster. However, the biggest challenge is trying to find land that can be used for solar or wind power as most of the land in Japan is needed for agriculture – which is where combining farming and solar panels come in, in this case, mushroom farming.
The ministry of environment estimates that these dual usage projects could generate enough to power 20 million households.
Mushrooms require a constant back and forth between heating and cooling. By combining them with solar panels, a clean energy alternative is used to offset that consumption. Furthermore, it will dramatically reduce energy costs as the energy used will be generated through solar or wind.
The use of solar powered mushrooms would be more appealing to buy, rather than non-solar powered mushrooms, due to the damage non-solar powered mushrooms do to the environment.
The facilities for the project are estimated to be completed and online by the end of the month, and it’s set to yield 40 tons of mushrooms a year split between two farms in north-eastern Japan.