Green energy production moves forward in Taiwan – ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation
Taiwan is working to increase renewable energy to 20% of electricity production by 2025 as part of the government’s commitments to transform the country into a regional hotspot for clean and green energy.
Solar and wind power plants produce more electricity than two of Taiwan’s three active nuclear power plants combined, accounting for about 11% of total energy supply. This represents significant progress in advancing related government policies, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
The country’s largest onshore solar power plant, comprising 480,000 locally produced solar panels, began operations in March in the city of Tainan in southern Taiwan. Complemented by the 100-megawatt-capacity solar farm at Changhua Coastal Industrial Park in central county, the facility generates 200 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to meet the needs of more than 50,000 households.
The solar farm at Changhua Coastal Industrial Park in Central Taiwan County has an installed capacity of 100 MW. (Staff photos / Chuang Kun-jun)
MOEA Deputy Minister Tseng Wen-sheng said solar and wind power capacities in Taiwan increased from 931 MW and 678 MW respectively in 2016 to 5.71 gigawatts and 937 MW in February. They are expected to reach 20 GW and 6.9 GW, figures in line with the government’s targets, he added.
The future development of wind power will focus on offshore turbines, as the onshore units are near their saturation point, the MOEA said, adding that the solar sector is poised to expand further through floating systems, on the ground and on the roofs.
The launch of Taiwan’s first offshore wind farm, Formosa 1, at the end of 2019 marked a significant milestone in the country’s efforts to generate 5.7 GW of offshore wind power by 2025.
Tseng said ongoing projects are expected to increase capacity by at least 1 GW per year over a decade starting in 2026. The total amount of related investments will likely exceed NT $ 1 trillion (NT $ 35.7 billion). dollars), while creating 20,000 jobs, he added. .
Formosa 1, Taiwan’s first offshore wind farm in Miaoli County in the north of the country, underscores the government’s commitment to meeting its green energy goals.
Law reform is a key element in shaping government policies aimed at creating a more favorable business environment in Taiwan for green energy producers and related companies. The Electricity Law was amended to allow suppliers to sell and distribute electricity, facilitating market liberalization after decades of domination by the state-owned Taiwan Power Co., or Taipower.
In addition, the Renewable Energy Development Law was also revised earlier in the year to require users consuming at least five megawatts of electricity to purchase from green sources or install power generation facilities. renewable energy meeting at least 10% of their energy needs. According to Tseng, this requirement will add 1 GW to Taiwan’s total installed green power capacity.
The government’s commitment to energy restructuring in Taiwan is in line with the Six Core Strategic Industries initiative unveiled by President Tsai Ing-wen during her inaugural address to her second term in May 2020. Renewable energies have seen a boom. explosive growth over the past four years, Tsai said, adding that the country is rapidly becoming a destination for international investment and a hotbed of sectoral economic activity and job creation.