Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Renewable for disaster relief (3): 1 year after Japan earthquake


The failure of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant subsequent to the massive Tsunami was yet another catastrophe for Fukushima. The zone within 40 kilometers radius from the failed plant has been sealed off due to high radioactive concentration. Even outside the sealed zone people are facing difficulties and uncertainties.
The Fukushima Unity and Warmth Project installed solar panels in one of the care facilities for disabled people in Minamisoma, Fukushima. For years, the life of disabled people has been depending on the support from local communities. Relocation is not an easy option for many of those living in care facilities. However, the option to stay is not an easy path either. Their primary way of living, agriculture, is seriously impacted because the soil is now contaminated to grow any kind of food. Many caretakers have already evacuated to safer areas. To help alleviate financial hardship, the project is not only providing electricity to the care facility but is also bringing much needed income through sales of excess electricity to the grid.

Tsunagari Nukumori Project is accepting donation. Visit their website if you are interseted.

Tsunagari Nukumori Project
The Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies4-54-11 Chuo, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-0011 Japan

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