South Korea is the only country that makes it mandatory to install power-generating systems for public and private buildings that will be built from 2020. The solar-powered RoRen House complex was built by a government consortium and is the country’s first “zero-energy housing pilot complex”.
New legislation encourages communities to sell clean electricity to the power grid. Seoul alone now has more than 100 communities working with solar PV.
“There’s no space to install hundreds of kilowatts, so we install 10, 20, 30 kilowatts on scattered roofs like this, connected like a virtual power station, so we can sell electricity on a large scale on the power market.”
Kim Soyoung, Seongdaegol Energy Independent Village
Here is more information on Seongdaegol and other “energy independent neighbourhoods”.
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