The Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund is engaging in its Eco Support Project under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. This initiative provides grants to purchase and install solar generating and storage facilities at public elementary and junior high schools in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures. It also helps educate students about the benefits of clean energy.
The fund recently chose 24 schools as stage two grant recipients under this program. It received applications from 27 schools in these prefectures, including 12 in Iwate Prefecture, 11 in Miyagi Prefecture, and 4 in Fukushima Prefecture. The Fund’s selection committee chose the applicants in question after evaluating their operational and school environmental education plans.
The Fund will grant 1.5 billion yen from a total of 2.5 billion set aside for assistance to aid the reconstruction of public elementary and junior high schools damaged in the Great East Japan Earthquake, which are purchasing and installing solar generating and storage facilities that can be used during disasters. The Fund aims to provide assistance to a total of 50 schools in three stages between Sept 1, 2011, and March 31, 2014. The Fund is paying a consumption tax inclusive grant of up to 30 million yen per school for 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.
Stage one of this program saw 11 schools receive grants and complete solar facilities installations by the end of September 2012. The 35 Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefecture elementary and junior high schools chosen under stage two will similarly install solar facilities.
As well as helping public elementary and junior high schools in disaster-hit areas install solar generating and storage facilities, the Fund will also assist with constructing public facilities, including educational facilities needed to help local children rebuild their lives.