October 23 (Solar) – Taiwanese utility Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) on Monday started feeding power to the grid form a 14-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility that is the first stage of a 100-MW plant.
The project in Changhua County, the smallest county on Taiwan’s main island, is expected to be fully commissioned in February next year, generating around 130 million kWh of electricity per year from its 339,000 panels. The total value of the investment will be TWD 6.2 billion (USD 200.3m/EUR 174.7m).
The 100-MW scheme is Taipower’s biggest solar PV project, the utility said on Monday. It will be located within the Changhua Coastal Industrial Park, on land that was originally intended for the construction of a coal-fired power plant. Its construction is in line with the company’s renewables objectives and also supports the government’s goal to lift the share of renewables generation in the country to 20% by 2025.
In line with its strategy, Taipower is working on a 11.3-MW rooftop PV scheme in Changhua and is building a 150-MW solar park in Tainan. The construction of several onshore and offshore wind farms are also part of the company’s future plans, it said.
(TWD 10 = USD 0.323/EUR 0.282)