Solar power facility installation completed at Miyagi school
The Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund held a ceremony at the Miyato Elementary School in Higashi Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on Monday to commemorate the completion of solar power facilities for which the fund provided a substantial grant.
The Fund decided to provide assistance after evaluating a request to help reinforce disaster management with new solar power facilities and to help educate pupils about clean energy. The Fund is paying a consumption tax-inclusive grant of up to 30 million yen to acquire and install solar facilities. They comprise an emergency solar generator with a maximum capacity of 20 kilowatts and storage batteries with an aggregate capacity of up to 16 kilowatts.
The solar panels were installed on the roof of the school building, while the storage batteries are in a storage shed on the premises. A monitor in the hallway helps students evaluate performance by displaying the amount of electricity generated, carbon dioxide reductions, and other information. The new solar facilities will contribute to almost all of the school’s regular electricity requirements while functioning as a valuable source of emergency power.
The Great East Japan Earthquake cut access through the sole road from the mainland to Miyato Island, prompting almost all of its residents to seek shelter at the Miyato Elementary School. It took around a month and a half to restore power, highlighting issues with shelter facilities. The new solar generation setup reinforced disaster management while providing hope that the 1,000 or so residents can use this shelter as a hub for community restoration.
The Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund decided to provide grants to purchase and install
solar generating facilities under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The grants are to assist public elementary and junior high schools in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures, which the Great East Japan Earthquake hit hardest, and help educate students about the benefits of clean energy.
The fund aims to provide assistance to a total of 50 schools in three rounds between Sept 1, 2011, and March 31, 2014. In September 2012, the fund plans to start its second round of soliciting applications for solar facilities grants as part of its ongoing disaster recovery assistance program.