Taiwan Projects OverviewMay 11, 2021
In 2016, the Taiwan government announced a national target of 20% of energy to come from renewable sources by 2025, and this works out to be approximately 20GW for solar energy. Coal-fired power plants have been Taiwan's main power source for many years, and as these ageing structures start to be decommissioned, the timing couldn't be better to switch to clean energy.
The bulk of the 20% clean energy allocation will come from solar. Two-thirds, to be exact. Remaining one-third will likely feature bioenergy, wind and gas, although the specifics have not been announced. The government also laid out a clear path toward achieving this goal: 6.5 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity by 2020 for solar energy, with the full capacity target 5 years after that.
This makes Taiwan a rapidly growing market for clean energy, and Sunseap is actively supporting this national mandate. As our colleagues in Taiwan are busy at work with new solar energy installations, here's a look at the projects which Sunseap has completed.
Pingtung Canal (3.3MWp), Completed March 2019
This is the first projected for the Sunseap team in Taiwan, and what a way to start! Spanning the 3km length of an irrigation canal, this is also the largest canal-based solar projects in Taiwan. The canal is part of the major irrigation network for Pingtung county, and the solar panels are installed over this body of water. Due to the environmental conditions, it was a more challenging construction process compared to conventional rooftop projects. The entire project was completed in various stages from March 2019. To date, this still stands as our largest solar installation in Taiwan.
Miaoli Solar Farm (1.4MWp) Completed June 2020
Miaoli county is located in the central part of Taiwan and is one of the major solar development regions for Sunseap. One-third of our projects are located here, for both utility and rooftop systems. 4,336 solar PV panels make up the Miaoli solar farm and it took about 4 months to complete. With a total capacity of 1.4MWp, this is one of our Top 5 power generation projects in the region.
Qiwen Elementary School(293kWp) Completed August 2020
This project is the 1st solar carport facility built in the region, and it is comprised of 2 parts – an activity center and a sheltered carpark that has its own roof. We are proud to have completed this milestone of an integrated infrastructure. This carpark facility which can generate electricity creates a win-win situation with green energy development while supporting the day-to-day operational needs of the school.
Laiwell Group(993kWp) Completed November 2020
The Laiwell Group is Taiwan's leading food packaging company. They are our 1st food industry partner, and Sunseap installed more than 3,000 solar panels on their factory rooftop. Not only is the Laiwell Group a leader in their sector, but they have also incorporated sustainable food concept into their business. It's a milestone that continues to inspire us.
Sunseap is in it for the long term when it comes to sustainability. In Taiwan, we have set out to achieve a cumulative capacity of 100MWp in over the next few years. Taiwan is a promising market, and we will continue to look for partners to build more renewable energy projects.
We look forward to playing our part in meeting Taiwan's zero emission goal by 2050.