December 29 (SeeNews) - Japanese firms Fujishukin Co Ltd and Sanki Kohmuten earlier in December agreed to study the growing of shiitake mushrooms at solar power plants, the Nikkei reported.
Sanki Kohmuten, which makes mounting systems for photovoltaic (PV) installations, has built a roughly 290-kW park for a trial project. Over 5,500 shiitake logs have been placed under the solar modules at the site in Komaki City, Aichi Prefecture.
For these mushrooms sharing agricultural land with solar panels is no problem because they need control of solar irradiation. The mounting equipment and foundations, however, need to be stronger than these for normal ground-mounted installations, says the report.