• Taiwan has inaugurated a 200 MW solar power plant in Taipei city
  • The plant is called Taipei Energy Hill and was built by Tatung on top of a landfill
  • Clean power from the plant will be sold to Taipower while the city government will get a rebate equivalent to 10% of the total energy generated

Taiwan has inaugurated its first landfill solar project in the capital city of Taipei. Named Taipei Energy Hill, the plant was inaugurated on February 17, 2017.

The site where the plant is located used to be a landfill spread in an area of 3 hectares. Construction of the plant started in September 2016 and completed within 3 months. It started generated clean power on January 10, 2017.

In a press conference held for its inauguration, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je shared that as of date, the facility had generated 153,000 kWh of solar power including 3,010 kWh generated on the first half of that day. The system is supposed to generate 2 million kWh per year.

He said that Taipei Energy Hill can be called the country’s first large scale solar power plant. While the government provided land for the project, Tatung Corporation invested in the project. All the power produced is sold to Taipower, a state owned electric utility. The city government receives a rebate equivalent to 10% of the total electricity generated.

Taiwan, one of the world’s leading PV cell producers is now also turning towards using solar. As it wants to rid itself of nuclear power, it is pushing for renewable energy. It aims to install 20 GW of solar PV by 2025.