Kyoto City Launches Green Power Certification System to Promote Solar Power
The Forum sells “Certificates of Green Power” at 10 yen (about 9 cents) per kilowatt hour to events held by businesses, associations and municipal governments in the Kyoto City area, and trades them for environmental values such as carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction. The organization issues “Miyako Green Power Certificates” and authorizes the use of their logo to businesses. Companies holding the certificates have to bear some additional costs but can publicize themselves as environment-friendly and improve their corporate images.
Proceeds from sales of the certificates will be pooled in a Sunshine Fund for promoting photovoltaic (PV) power plant installation. The Kyoto Green Fund, a non-profit organization, has been installing “Sunshine” PV power plants since March 2001, and the tenth plant began operation in May 2007 (see details in the related JFS articles).