Taiwan:The Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Efforts in Promoting Solar PV Installation – The Installed Capacity for Southern Region Grows Significantly
The government has been promoting solar photovoltaics (PV) installations, and as of October 2015, the installed capacity for solar PV has been increased to 728.4 MW. It shows that the installed capacity for southern region (including Jiayi County, Jiayi City, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, and Pintung County) reaches 387.4 MW and accounts for more than half of overall solar PV installed capacity; among which Pintung possesses the highest installed capacity of 121.6 MW with Tainan coming in second with 114.8 MW, then Kaohsiung with 82.6 MW, Jiayi County with 65 MW, and finally Jiayi City at 3.4 MW.
After the “Renewable Energy Development Act” was passed in 2009, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has proposed several mechanisms with implementing the reasonable feed-in tariffs and guaranteed purchase periods to encourage the installations. The overall solar PV installed capacity has shown a significant growth. Currently the southern region of Taiwan has the highest solar PV installed capacity of 387.4 MW, and has grown more than a hundredfold since 2008.
The Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs has again increased the level of target in May of 2015 that the installed capacity for solar PV should increase 500 MW annually, which shows government’s determination to achieve the goal of 8,700 MW by 2030 and government’s ambitions to promote solar PV. To effectively accomplish the goals, the central and local governments must collaborate closely; currently the MOEA is encouraging local governments to install solar PV on public rooftops and enhancing the capacity of the bid-exempt threshold. It is hoped that the solar PV can be promoted by diversified methods.