Solar Power Plant in Japan Begins Generating Power

A solar power station developed by a civic group in Kobe on rent-free land on loan from the western Japan city began generating power on Friday.

KOBE, Japan 2002-03-05 []       The Kuru Kuru Power Station, located on a sewage disposal site, is the brainchild of a grassroots movement aiming to promote ecologically sound sources of energy and educate children in environmental issues. The station consists of a solar panel measuring 5.7 meters long by 7.5 meters wide with a capacity to generate about 5 kW of power per day enough to power two households. The electricity is used to run organic waste disposal machines at the sewage site, to keep security lights on and to conserve rain water. Any extra electricity would be sold to the local power grid. A nonprofit organization called Community Support Center Kobe gave the name Kuru Kuru, meaning to go around, or recycle, to the project to evoke the image of a society committed to protecting the environment.       Some 30 Kobe-based companies built the station under a project group called Watt Kobe. Member companies say they will continue their work developing energy-saving devices and exhibit them at the station. The station is also being prepared to receive visitors from Kobe’s elementary and junior high schools as well as the public.
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