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  • The Seoul World Cup Stadium: To be revived as a solar power plant

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    The Seoul World Cup Stadium, which is a historical site where the Korea/Japan World Cup was held in 2002 and that is well regarded as a world-class structure, is being transformed into a production facility for creating environmentally friendly energy, such as solar power. The stadium is currently a popular cultural complex facility where people can watch soccer matches, shop, or see a performance, and the city plans to install solar panels at the stadium in order to promote awareness of new and renewable energy and to encourage the voluntary participation of citizens in the move towards clean energy sources.

    In order to install solar panels that complement the stadium, the stadium architect, Ryu Choon-soo, was sought after for advice and various facility locations and designs, such as the stands and roof, were reviewed. Taking the amount of sunlight, structural safety, and the aesthetics of the structure into consideration, it was finally decided that the panels should be installed on the connecting stairs that are located in Peace Plaza, which is within the World Cup Park and stadium.

    With the city planning to expand its solar power facilities to Haneul Park and Noeul Park, which are near World Cup Park, where there is abundant sunlight, these places, which have already been transformed from landfills to beloved ecological parks, will go through another transformation as being turned into energy-generating stations. Notably, the Seoul Energy Dream Center, which will be completed this coming November, will be 100% energy self-sufficient with its power being generated from solar panels.

    In order to proactively respond to the energy crises and detrimental climate changes, the city of Seoul plans to construct solar power-generation plants that are capable of producing a total of 320MW by the year 2014. With this goal in mind, the city is currently in the process of signing business agreements with Hanwha Solar, Korea Energy Management Corporation, and the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, and is seeking multidirectional ways to transform Seoul from a city of consumption into a city of production.