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Electric Farms Are Using Solar Power to Grow Profits and Crops

May 20, 2022, 10:00 PM

In many respects, Takeshi Magami’s farm is like any other in Japan, growing everything from potatoes to ginger and eggplants. But one major difference sets it apart from its neighbors: the 2,826 solar panels perched above the crops.

The panels, covering much of the one hectare (2.5 acres) of land in the tranquil countryside east of Tokyo, serve a dual purpose. They supply nearly all the power needed to run the farm, and are a source of extra income by selling surplus renewable energy to the grid.

Solar panels over Magami’s farm in Chiba, Japan. Solar sharing is a viable alternative in places like Japan with limited space and a heavy reliance on energy imports.
Photographer: Toru Hanai/Bloomberg

For Magami that can mean 24 million yen ($187,000) of additional revenue ...