Date: November 30, 2016
Taiwan Power Co. and Taiwan Water Corp., two of the nation’s major utilities suppliers, signed a
memorandum of understanding Nov. 29 on forging a long-term partnership in solar power production, marking the start of joint efforts between the two state-run enterprises to boost renewable energy development.
“We’re devoted to the exploration of green power resources such as geothermal, solar and wind,” said Taipower President Chung Bin-li during the MOU signing ceremony at Taiwan Water’s headquarters in central Taiwan’s Taichung City. Considering the increasing difficulty of land acquisition, properties controlled by Taiwan Water are ideal places for such an endeavor, he added.
The two firms plan to install rooftop and ground-mounted solar arrays at water supply plants around Taiwan, and feasibility studies are being carried out on the possibility of utilizing floating solar panels on reservoirs and weirs administered by Taiwan Water.
According to Taipower, the cooling effect of the water beneath floating solar cells makes them more efficient than those on land. Also, with the shade provided by solar panels, water evaporation and algae growth in reservoirs can be reduced so as to improve water quality. [FULL STORY]