Date: May 12, 2016
Taiwan’s first floating solar power system in Pingtung County serves as model for renewable
energy technology producers worldwide and reflects the strong development of the local photovoltaic industry, according to American Institute in Taiwan Economic Section Chief Joshua M. Cartin May 10.
“The system’s efficiency in electricity generation and water conservation is impressive,” Cartin said during a one-day trip to the facility in southern Taiwan. “I’m interested in bringing this concept to the U.S. as we have a large number of dams where it could be used.”
Constructed on a retention pond by Taipei City-headquartered LCY Group and locally based Sun Rise E&T Corp., the system’s floating 400 solar modules can generate 102 kilowatts of electricity per day. This is set to increase to 499 kilowatts once full operations commence by year-end, providing energy for more than 440 households.
Lu Tai-ying, director-general of Pingtung County Government’s Environmental Protection Bureau, said the system has reduced water evaporation at the reservoir by 15 percent. “The technology has wide-ranging applications and will be rolled out in other parts of southern Taiwan in the near future.” [FULL STORY]