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Date: May 26, 2016
By: Lauly Li / Staff reporter
The government plans to utilize 10,000 hectares of idle land to accelerate the development
of the nation’s solar power industry, Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung (李世光) said yesterday.
The plan is part of the ministry’s efforts to impress the public during the first 100 days of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration, Lee told a press conference in Taipei.
The development of the solar power industry could be faster than other “green” energy industries because the industry already has established technologies and adequate funds for development, he said.
The Council of Agriculture has allocated 10,000 hectares of land for the development of solar energy across the nation, Lee said, adding that the council would unveil the sites soon.
The ministry would help organize the sites for local solar power companies to install facilities, he said, adding that the Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) would assist with the construction of grid networks at the designated locations. [FULL STORY]