Taiwan unveils Asia's biggest solar plant: govt

Dec 23, 2009
A close-up shot of a solar panel. Taiwan has unveiled what it calls Asia's biggest solar power plant as the island, which imports almost all its energy, seeks to tap into clean renewable resources, the government said Wednesday.

Taiwan has unveiled what it calls Asia's biggest solar power plant as the island, which imports almost all its energy, seeks to tap into clean renewable resources, the government said Wednesday.

The two-hectare (4.9-acre) plant in south Taiwan's Kaohsiung county, an area that enjoys year-round sunshine, is equipped with 141 huge that can generate one in total, said the Atomic Energy Council.

One megawatt is enough to power 1,000 homes, according to an official at the council, which is also in charge of sustainable energy.

The facility, which started operating Tuesday, will help Taiwan cut its by up to 660-700 tonnes annually, officials said.

Taiwan estimates its solar energy industry will be worth up to 200 billion Taiwan dollars (6.25 billion US dollars) by 2020, said the council.

Taiwan's parliament in June passed a major bill aimed at adding between 6,500 and 10,000 megawatts of installed energy from renewable sources over the next 20 years.

Currently, Taiwan produces only 2,278 megawatts, or 5.8 percent of installed capacity, from renewable sources, according to the state-run Taiwan Power Co.

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El_Nose
1 / 5 (1) Dec 23, 2009
something seems off here ---

5 acres of solar panals and you could only fit 141 panals

141 solar panals in five acres and you only produce 1 megawatt of power.

if it takes 5 acres to produce 1 megawatt -- to get the 10k megawatts they desire would take 49995 more acres of land on an island nation.

--- the numbers just don't jive here
El_Nose
1 / 5 (1) Dec 23, 2009
The two-hectare (4.9-acre) plant in south Taiwan's Kaohsiung county, an area that enjoys year-round sunshine, is equipped with 141 huge solar panels that can generate one megawatt in total, said the Atomic Energy Council.



something seems off here ---

5 acres of solar panals and you could only fit 141 panals

141 solar panals in five acres and you only produce 1 megawatt of power.

if it takes 5 acres to produce 1 megawatt -- to get the 10k megawatts they desire would take 49995 more acres of land on an island nation.

--- the numbers just don't jive here

One megawatt is enough to power 1,000 homes, according to an official at the council, which is also in charge of sustainable energy.


Currently, Taiwan produces only 2,278 megawatts, or 5.8 percent of installed capacity, from renewable sources, according to the state-run Taiwan Power Co


in a country of 23 million people powering 20 M homes with solar is ambitious-- hope they do it.
Duude
1 / 5 (1) Dec 25, 2009
Welcome to solar efficiency. Barely better than just flushing money down the drain, but only if its not overcast.
Mr_Frontier
not rated yet Jan 07, 2010
Look at all the wasted metal space in between each cell. Hopefully, that isn't the true panel being used. It's disgusting.

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