North Korea looks to solar power

North Korea looks to solar power

Editorial Staff
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Most of the electric power in the country comes from coal and hydroelectric sources, but the number of solar panels is growing in Pyongyang

Solar panels are appearing in North Korea. The news comes Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times who visited the Pothonggang Information Technology Center in Pyongyang - a minimarket dedicated to electric products - and noticed an entire section dedicated to solar panels, along with inverters and storage batteries. "We are selling roughly 150 panels a month," said a store employee, "and our customer bases ranges from single citizens to offices and factories." Even if the majority of the energy most of the Northkoreas energy comes from coal and hydroelectric power, the regime is betting on solar power, giving out incentives for its use for the purpose of charging computer and cell phone batteries. Currently, many of the solar panels used are made in China, but government sources confirm that the number of panels produced within the Kim il Sung University in Pyongyang is growing.