SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 20, 2018 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced to increase the number of energy self-reliant villages up to 100 by the end of 2018. Residents in the energy self-reliant communities not only produce their own energy they need, but also practice a number of energy conservation activities.
The city government has started the designation of energy self-reliant neighborhood since 2012. Once selected, the neighborhood is provided subsidies and education and outreach programs up to three years. The number of the village was seven in 2012, and it went up to 80 at the end of 2017.
A study found that the village in the third year of the support program saved electricity consumption by 15 percent on average. In 2016 alone, they saved the power consumption by an average of 7.2 percent through their own energy-saving activities, such as “Energy Festival” and “Lights-off Campaign.”
In 2017, 523 rounds of energy-saving education classes took place in a total of 66 energy self-reliant villages, 1,028 bulbs were replaced into LED lights, and 1,069 households joined the city’s eco-mileage program. Also 1,414 residents insulated their homes or improved their doors and windows to save energy.
The SMG will continue its financial, administrative, and informational support for energy self-reliant communities according to the residents’ opinions and program phase goals so that it will encourage the citizens’ involvement and reach a consensus on energy saving.