In 2011, Fukushima, Japan suffered from a nuclear fallout. Now, the nation has started the construction of a model for a futuristic village in the prefecture. The project, called Renewable Energy Village (REV), is a combination of a solar park and a farm. It has 120 photovoltaic panels that generate 30 kilowatts of power. There are also plans to put wind turbines, recreational and educational facilities, and an astronomical observatory in the area.
The project involves solar sharing – growing crops under raised solar panels. Rapeseed has already been planted since the project organizers claim the plant’s oil is void of contaminants even though the actual plants are affected by some radioisotopes such as those of cesium. The project’s creators hope that the farmers affected by the nuclear disaster will adapt their model instead of deciding to sell their lands.
Last spring, farmers in the Miyakojimachi district have begun planting rice after treating the soil with minerals to reduce the amount of radioactive materials. The harvested rice was also subjected to extensive radiation checks before being sold.