Bidders Compete for Taiwanese Wind Project

Taipower announced that two private companies applying to bid for a wind power project have passed a qualification review and will submit their bids in about two weeks. A Taipower spokesman disclosed that Star Energy Power Corp., a subsidiary of Taiwan Cogeneration Corp., and Luxe Electric Co. both passed the screening as qualified bidders for the NT$2.77 billion (US$85.55 million) project to build 18 wind turbines for Taipower.

Of the 18 windmills, eight will be located in the Changhua Coastal Industrial Park, with another eight to be erected in Mailiao township in Yunlin County, and two on the outlying island of Kinmen. Intent on developing renewable energy sources, Taipower has already installed more than 100 wind turbines in 13 wind farms along Taiwan’s west coast with a capacity of 420 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year.

Taipower’s long-term wind power development plan is to build an additional 546 wind turbines between 2010 and 2020 in shallow waters off Taiwan’s west coast and Penghu, with a total capacity of 1,980 megawatts at an estimated cost of NT$200 (US$6.1 million) million each.
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