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The G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit


Additional Photovoltaic Panels Drive Low-carbonization Further

January 15, 2008

Toyako Visitor Center and Volcano Science Museum, opened on May 14, 2007, are equipped with a photovoltaic panel with a capacity of 5 kilowatts on the wall. To further promote low-carbonization of the area, the facilities are installing two additional units of photovoltaic panel of 20 kilowatts.

The installation is scheduled to be completed by the end of March, 2008. With these additional photovoltaic energy devices, the total reduction in the carbon dioxide emitted from the facilities is estimated about 26.36 tons per year. Toya Takarada Nature Experience House, another facility under direct control of the Ministry of the Environment, is also installing a 20-kilowatt photovoltaic panel by the end of March, 2008.

By the introduction of enlightening programs using environment-oriented functionalities, and low-carbonization of facility itself, the Ministry of the Environment is further strengthening actions against global warming.

Photovoltaic panels on the southern wall of Toyako Visitor Center
Newly installed photovoltaic panel
Toyako Visitor Center
1. Photovoltaic panels on the southern wall of Toyako Visitor Center
2. Newly installed photovoltaic panel
3. Toyako Visitor Center