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Managing Conflicts with Local Communities over the Introduction of Renewable Energy: The Solar-Rush Experience in Japan

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Graduate School of Horticulture, Chiba University, Matsudo City, Chiba 271-8510, Japan
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Faculty of International Agriculture and Food Studies, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-8502, Japan
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Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan
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Graduate School of Frontier Science, The University of Tokyo, Kashiwa City, Chiba 277-8561, Japan
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Independent Researcher, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan
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Land 2020, 9(9), 290; https://doi.org/10.3390/land9090290
Received: 6 July 2020 / Revised: 11 August 2020 / Accepted: 19 August 2020 / Published: 23 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability and Peri-Urban Agriculture)
A worldwide introduction of renewable energy has been required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Concomitantly, this has caused conflict between renewable energy development and local communities over landscape changes. This study aims to clarify the factors of conflict and find a way of conflict management. A case study on Japan is used, where a solar rush occurred due to the feed-in tariff (FIT) system. We analyze the public reasons to worry about renewable energy and the spatial characteristics of its locations. A socio-spatial approach is used by first utilizing a qualitative survey based on questionnaires and interviews with the local governments to understand the awareness regarding the issues, and then utilizing a quantitative survey on the location changes to solar power by using GIS. The results suggest that there were links between local governments’ concerns and the location of solar power concentration. These results show that conflicts over renewable energy are not unavoidable and may be managed by local governments that can act as intermediaries with sufficient knowledge of the local communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: renewable energy; solar rush; local community; landscape; peri-urban agricultural area; conflict management renewable energy; solar rush; local community; landscape; peri-urban agricultural area; conflict management
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Akita, N.; Ohe, Y.; Araki, S.; Yokohari, M.; Terada, T.; Bolthouse, J. Managing Conflicts with Local Communities over the Introduction of Renewable Energy: The Solar-Rush Experience in Japan. Land 2020, 9, 290. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9090290

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Akita N, Ohe Y, Araki S, Yokohari M, Terada T, Bolthouse J. Managing Conflicts with Local Communities over the Introduction of Renewable Energy: The Solar-Rush Experience in Japan. Land. 2020; 9(9):290. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9090290

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Akita, Noriko, Yasuo Ohe, Shoko Araki, Makoto Yokohari, Toru Terada, and Jay Bolthouse. 2020. "Managing Conflicts with Local Communities over the Introduction of Renewable Energy: The Solar-Rush Experience in Japan" Land 9, no. 9: 290. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9090290

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