Date: February 23, 2016
Expanding Taiwan’s renewable energy production and implementing power
saving measures in the public and private sectors are key policy priorities for the ROC government.
Green power initiatives are in place nationwide, aiming to achieve renewable energy installed capacity of 17,250 megawatts by 2030, or 12.6 percent of total energy consumed, according to the Bureau of Energy under the ROC Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Raising green productivity and slashing energy consumption through the development of light-emitting diode, smart grid, solar photovoltaic and wind power industries is also a goal of the government. These sectors are estimated to generate an annual production value of NT$1 trillion (US$29.7 billion) while employing 100,000 people by 2020.
The inauguration of Taiwan’s first floating solar power system Feb. 18 in Pingtung County underscores the effectiveness of this policymaking commitment. Constructed on a retention pond by Taipei City-headquartered LCY Group and locally based Sun Rise E&T Corp., the facility’s 400 solar modules can generate 102 kilowatts of electricity per year from 3.6 hours of sunlight per day. This number is set to increase to 499 kilowatts once full operations commence in May, providing energy for more than 440 households. [FULL STORY]