- Category: Asia
18 Jun 2012
- Published on Monday, 18 June 2012 11:45
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The Seoul municipal government and the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education signed up for a project that will develop solar power facilities in about 1,000 schools in the South Korean capital. According to a report from The Korea Times, the city will first install solar power panels in 200 schools in the area within this year based on the agreement. By 2014, approximately 1,000 schools are expected to be equipped with solar power plants, with a capacity to generate a total of 100 megawatts. Seoul has more than 1,300 schools, including primary, middle and high schools. These are ideal locations for solar power plants since it will be easy to put up the facilities on the rooftops of school buildings. The officials are hoping the project will help students become more interested in renewable energy. In addition, the office of education will provide programs for the students to learn more about renewable energy and light-emitting diodes for the schools and educational organizations to promote energy efficiency. Seoul reportedly intends to become a "Sunlight City" as South Korea aims to increase its dependence on renewable energy sources to make it account for 10 percent of the country's energy needs by 2030.