Sustainable Rural Energy Development Programme

What is the Project About?

 Solar photovoltaic water pumping system allows to provide water to Tree Nursery in Mopung Cooperative farm

The project is designed to help improve the availability and utilisation of energy; improve environmental management; and improve working and living conditions in rural areas of the DPRK—all incorporating sustainable development principles and practices.


  Works on improvement of Energy Efficient of 20 social buildings and 40 households in Mopung, Myongchon, Yaksu and Ryudong cooperative farms are in progress

In Mopung farm, solar photovoltaic water pumping system was installed, with support of SRED project. Water is being distributed at a tree nursery at the farm, which contributes to reforestation of nearby forests denuded from long periods of exploitation. The solar energy system powers two water pumps for irrigation. In all, the water is sufficient for irrigation over 10 hectares. Mr. Ri Gwang Nam, subhead of the Tree Nursery team of Mopung farm, informed that the system helped increase the production of seedlings (pine nut, larch, etc.) from 1,500,000 up to 2,500,000. On average, a seedling sells for 4 KPW. The SRED project also trained 20 local experts on the installation, use and maintenance of Solar Water Pumping System.

Rural women and their families and certain social institutions in Yaksu farm, Ryudong farm, Myongchon farm and Mopung farm are benefiting from the convenience, cleanliness and savings (in time and cost of coal and other cooking fuel) of 40 Energy Efficient Biomass Stoves and 160 Energy Efficient Coal Stove, provided by the SRED project. Ms. Han Jong Ok, principal of the kindergarten in Ryudong CoF uses 6 stoves to prepare meals thrice a day for 107 children (46 girls). She reported increasing efficiency of ignition and cooking time, at 20 minutes or less. She also calculated that with her old stoves she used 18 kg per day, and now only 1.2 Kg per day. Similar stories abound in all those areas benefiting from the energy efficient stoves.

Solar hot water systems were installed in 20 social buildings and 40 households across four project sites (Myongchon, Mopung, Yaksu and Ryudong farms). All beneficiaries reported improvements of hygiene, cleaning and washing, time savings for cooking food and laundry, reduction in coal use, and multiple benefits to quality of life.

A 50 cubic meters biogas system installed by SRED project at a pig farm in Mopung farm produces up to 3 tons of good organic fertilizer and biogas for cooking to 20 households. The SRED project also imparted training on operation and maintenance of the biogas system to beneficiaries.

Source of Funds

Source of Funds: Total Project Budget: 
UNDP TRAC US$ 5,035,596.50