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Towns In Japan Are Going Off Grid In Transition To Green Energy

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The 2011 tsunami and earthquake that devastated Japan might have a small silver lining after all: In the wake of the disaster, which was made worse by the Fukushima nuclear power meltdown, the country began rethinking its approach to power on a larger scale. And in a massive overhaul, the country has been slowly but surely revolutionizing their energy infrastructure to go off the grid for good.

In the six years since Fukushima, dozens of Japanese towns have decentralized their power generation and storage systems, choosing instead to build independent micro-grids, which make the towns self-reliant and capable of powering themselves for days without the help of the larger grid. These micro-grids are often supported by the country’s National Resilience Program, which had $33.32 billion in funding this year.