Wuxi, China [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. will supply solar panels for what will be the biggest solar power plant in Taiwan. Owned and operated by the Taiwan Power Company, and developed by Fortune Electric Co. Ltd., the new 4.7-megawatt (MW) solar plant in Young’an, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, will nearly double the island’s current installed solar capacity of about 5 MW.
“We chose Suntech modules for superior performance and reliability, as seen in utility-scale installations across Asia, Europe, and the Americas,” said Liao Wen Sing, vice president of Fortune Electric. “We look forward to working with Suntech on this momentous project – hopefully the first of many large-scale solar plants in Taiwan.”
Delivery of the 16,640 advanced polycrystalline modules, each with a peak power output of up to 280 watts, will begin in June 2010. The system is scheduled to start supplying decades of clean power in early 2011. The project is a milestone in Taiwan’s efforts to raise renewable energy production capacity by more than 10 gigawatts in the next 20 years and to reduce carbon emissions to year-2000 levels by 2025. Solar is expected to play a large role in this effort
“We have great expectations for the entire region. Asia and the Pacific already account for about one-third of the world’s total energy demand, although its per-capita consumption is far less than the world’s average,” said Roger Ye, Suntech’s president of Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (APMEA). “The region’s booming populations, strong economic growth engines, and abundant sunlight represent an exciting opportunity for solar and for Suntech.”
According to a November 2009 report by the Asian Development Bank, energy demand in Asia and the Pacific will grow by an estimated 2.4 percent annually for the next twenty years, a cumulative 80% increase between 2005 and 2030.