Seoul plans to place solar panels in all its public buildings

The city of Seoul will place solar panels in its public buildings. It plans that all properties of this type be covered in 2022.

The 2022 Solar City Seoul Plan initiative has placed the capital of South Korea as one of the cities most committed to renewable energy. Its intention is to deploy by date 1 GW of capacity in solar panels in its public buildings.

For this the government intends to place solar panels. All buildings and other construction that are intended for use by the State will have to have plates on their roofs.

Additionally and to complete the plan, the city proposes that one million homes also have solar panels. These measures are expected to reduce emissions by more than 100 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

It is not the first city that gets serious with the installation of solar panels in its public buildings. In San Francisco, the placement of these plates is mandatory for new buildings. In the case of Seoul, the objective is long term and involves the entire country. South Korea wants that in 2040 35% of its energy will be generated from renewables.

The integration of solar energy in construction
Seoul’s demands are important because of its scale. A million homes is a very high number and the will to cover the entire park of public buildings with solar panels is a declaration of intentions of the State. And this has been possible because photovoltaic technology has long developed radically.

Production costs have been reduced and the efficiency of the plates has increased. But not only that. In the construction sector there are more and more facilities to integrate these panels into a building or a single-family home. Obviously the first resource is to place the panels on the roof. But now there are also solar roof tiles, which provide a more careful aesthetic.

The next step is the commitment to more groundbreaking elements, such as power generating windows. They already exist. Although its cost may not compensate for its installation at the moment, but its reduction is a matter of some years. From there it will be a matter of the engineers to manage the problem of the incidence of solar rays and other pending fringes.

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