Taiwan boosting solar power systems

  • Date: 2016-09-08
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

The  government  is  pushing  to  make  solar  power  systems  more  common  in  Taiwan,  a  move  that  Premier  Lin  Chuan  said  will  diversify  the  nation’s  energy  portfolio,  make  the  island  more  energy  self-sufficient,  and  stimulate  domestic  demand  and  employment.

After  hearing  the  Ministry  of  Economic  Affairs’  report  on  its  two-year  photovoltaic  promotion  project,  he  instructed  the  agency  to  set  up  a  single  window  for  facilitating  solar  energy  installations.

According  to  the  ministry,  the  government  plans  to  have  renewable  energy  account  for  20  percent  of  electricity  generated  by  2025,  a  target  that  will  support  safe  energy,  a  green  economy  and  environmental  sustainability.  In  particular,  the  power  capacity  of  solar  installations  will  be  increased  to  20  gigawatts  (GW),  with  3  GW  coming  from  rooftop-mounted  panels  and  17  GW  from  ground-mounted  panels.  

For  the  two-year  photovoltaic  project,  the  ministry  plans  to  install  1.52  GW  of  solar  power  capacity  from  July  2016  to  June  2018,  which  could  attract  up  to  NT$91.2  billion  (US$2.9  billion)  in  investments  and  create  9,120  jobs  a  year.  By  the  end  of  that  period,  all  solar  installations  combined  are  expected  to  provide  power  capacity  of  2.46  GW,  generate  3.075  billion  kilowatt-hours  of  power  annually,  and  cut  carbon  emissions  by  nearly  1.6  million  metric  tons  a  year.

Of  the  1.52  GW  installed  capacity,  910  megawatts  (MW)  will  come  from  rooftop  panels  at  factories,  agricultural  facilities  and  state-owned  buildings.  The  remaining  610  MW  will  come  from  ground-level  panels  at  salt-production  land,  severe  land-subsidence  areas,  lakes  and  ponds,  landfills  and  contaminated  land.

To  expedite  the  project,  the  ministry  will  set  up  a  single  window  for  promoting  installations,  take  stock  of  available  installation  space,  improve  electric  grid  planning,  attract  more  investments,  and  amend  laws  and  regulations.