Two-year Solar PV Promotion Plan

  • Date: 2018-09-11

Taiwan plans to generate a full 20 percent of the nation’s electrical power from renewable sources by 2025. Of this, solar energy from photovoltaics (PV) will account for 20 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity, with 3 GW generated by rooftop and 17 GW by ground-based systems. The Two-year Solar PV Promotion Plan, running between July 2016 and June 2018, jumpstarted the drive towards these ambitious 2025 goals with smaller-scale, short-term projects totaling 1.52 GW of installed capacity in the form of 910 megawatts (MW) of rooftop and 610 MW of ground-based panels. This will be followed by the progressive development of large-scale, ground-based facilities. The initial work is anticipated to attract investment of NT$91.2 billion (US$2.96 billion), employ an average of 9,120 people per year, and generate 1.9 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.

Five key facets
Establish single-window service: A single-window service website to promote solar projects has been established to speed administrative processes, assist applicants with problem resolution, facilitate referrals, and overcome related obstacles.
Expand the inventory of suitable sites/locations: Nearly 4,700 hectares of salt ponds have been identified as development zones for solar energy.
Strengthen grid planning: Planning has begun for enhanced distribution and transmission infrastructure for renewable energy in order to resolve issues with insufficient feeders.
Improve availability of capital: Assistance is provided to open up financing for green energy operators, including encouraging investment by the insurance industry, as well as providing access to a variety of capitalization options and financing channels.
Revise laws and regulations: Restrictions on the organization of industry ventures will be relaxed. Laws and regulations governing land use permitting and rezoning will also be amended.