Japanese officials are taking inspiration from Aberdeenshire in a bid to make their nation greener.
Japanese consul general Hajime Kitaoka will take a tour of the Garioch today after discovering Inverurie and the surrounding area is home to the highest concentration of solar panels in Scotland.
He will also visit Mackie’s of Scotland in Rothienorman, the Thainstone Mart and the Glen Garioch Distillery, which is owned by Japan’s Suntory Group.
Mr Kitaoka will also meet with Aberdeenshire provost Hamish Vernal during his visit.
Japan has been looking to renewable energy since it was hit by the huge Tohoku earthquake and tsunami which caused the Fukushima nuclear disaster and left more than 15,000 people dead.
The ANM Group has introduced a number of energy efficient measures at Thainstone, whilst Mackie’s farm has brought in four wind turbines and a solar array covering 10 acres.
Belinda Miller, Aberdeenshire Council’s head of economic development, said: “We help promote renewables through direct advice and support and also attend related exhibitions which help us have a positive impact on the local take-up of this technology.
“This, in addition to local understanding and appreciation of the benefits renewable energy sources can bring, mean it is not surprising that a one of Aberdeenshire’s towns is recognised as having the highest concentration of solar panels in Scotland.”
Provost Hamish Vernal said: “We appreciate the visit from the Japanese Consul General and look forward to welcoming him and showcasing our area.”