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S. Korea seeks to build solar power facilities at factory park in N. Korea

2014/05/22 11:15

SEOUL, May 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is seeking to set up solar panels in a joint inter-Korean factory park in North Korea, an official said Thursday, as part of a "green detente" meant to ease tensions through environmental cooperation.

South Korea is in talks with North Korea over the pilot project, the unification ministry official said.

The panels, if installed in the factory park in the North's western border city of Kaesong, could generate 1 megawatt of power annually, according to the ministry.

South Korea hopes to introduce wind power and alternative energy sources in the factory park to gradually increase power capacity generated by renewable resources to 20 megawatts.

The pilot project comes amid tensions on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea's possible nuclear test and its harsh rhetoric against South Korea.

The factory park, which combines South Korea's capital and technology with the North's cheap labor, has become the last-remaining symbol of inter-Korean economic cooperation.