OSAKA, Sept. 25 (Xinhua)-- Japan's southwestern Fukuoka Prefecture is planning to lease roof space at schools for solar panels with an aim to widely develop solar power generation, local press reported Tuesday.
The new plan came after a new feed-in-tariff scheme for renewable energy started in the country this summer and was the first of its kind pushed by a local government in southwestern Japan.
According to the report, the prefecture will rent out, as the first step in the project, the empty roof space of school buildings located in several cities of the prefecture, including Dazaifu and Kurume. Each roof of the buildings has a floor area of more than 1,000 square meters, the report added.
The prefecture said it would start to accept formal applications from any interested private company by the middle of next month while details of the contract between an applicant and the prefecture are negotiable.
After the first step, the prefecture will lease more space at other public facilities with a roof area of more than 1,000 square meters within years. Kazuyoshi Kosaihira, the city's spokesperson for the Energy Policy Division, told Xinhua that the leasing scheme would guarantee non-tax revenue for the prefecture while promising opportunities for widely developing solar power generation in southwestern Japan.