Gapado Island is home to only 177 people – and about 50% of this population has solar generators installed on their roofs. Jeju Special Self-Governing body covered most of the expenses and, in some cases, residents only had to pay 10% of the cost. Relying almost primarily on solar and wind power generation, the island naturally produces more electricity than its residents can use. This surplus is stored in the grid to access on cloudy or windless days that inhibit the efficiency of the island’s renewable energy generators. Gapado Island’s tiny population also takes the healthy transportation route on its daily commute – in total, Gapado-ians boast only 9 cars; 4 of which are electric. According to Katie Pohlman, Jeju Island “hopes to use Gapado as a model to become carbon-free itself by 2030.” The project will unfold in 3 phases; first by reducing CO2 emissions to zero, then through promotion of renewable energy in market shares, and finally to make Jeju Island a “green-growth” city.
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