Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., the world's largest producer of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar power modules, 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 4.7MW solar plant in Young'an, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, will nearly double the island's current installed solar capacity of about 5MW.
Delivery of the 16,640 advanced polycrystalline solar power modules, each with a peak power output of up to 280 watts, will begin in June 2010. The solar power system is scheduled to start supplying decades of clean solar power in early 2011. The project is a milestone in Taiwan's efforts to raise renewable energy production capacity by more than 10GW in the next 20 years, diminish its reliance on imported fossil fuels, and to reduce carbon emissions to year-2000 levels by 2025. Given the island's abundant sunlight, solar power is expected to comprise a substantial share of Taiwan's future energy portfolio.