The South Korean government has deployed what it is calling the largest smart-grid test network in the world, in and around the island village of Jeju, as part of an effort to create models for lowering energy consumption that can be exported to other cities around the globe. The test grid is being financed by $60 million in government funding, with an additional $160 million from 168 private companies. So far, about 2,000 homes have been connected to the grid, and a handful of homeowners also received solar panels or electric cars.

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