Premier Su Tseng-chang on Thursday said that both offshore wind power and solar energy will be important components in Taiwan's push to transform how energy is produced and generate 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025. A two-year solar power development program called for 1.52 gigawatts (GW) of capacity by the end of 2018, and the future will see the steady installation of additional output. Targets call for 6.5 GW by 2020 and a total of 20 GW by 2025.
The premier made his remarks at the weekly meeting of the Cabinet after a briefing by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on the status of the ongoing build-out of solar energy.
The MOEA indicated that as part of the two-year solar power development program approved by the Executive Yuan in 2016, single-window service for solar power projects was established and the area available for installation inventoried. Additional efforts included planning for improvements to the power grid, securing necessary funding, revising laws and regulations, and optimizing the environment for installation in order to effectively move projects forward. As a result, the original target was exceeded by the end of 2018, with an accumulated capacity of 1.779 GW installed over the course of the program.