Japan's nuclear spring didn't last long. Though the country's nuclear power plants were taken offline following the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, the government restarted a reactor earlier this month.
But that hasn't stopped a small village some 50 miles from the Oi plant from ditching conventional electricity from the grid and going solar.
Sanno in Hyogo Prefecture, population 42, has become the first municipality to rely on solar power.
Residents of the 11 households have an average age over 60, and the village, like many in rural Japan, is suffering depopulation. Costs for maintaining shared … Read more