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Google Announces Solar Project in Taiwan

Thursday, February 21, 2019

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Tech giant Google recently announced plans to move forward with a new renewable energy project: Solar panels that will be situated on top of fishing ponds in Taiwan, amounting to a 10-megawatt solar array.

Google is the first company to purchase renewable energy under the 2017 Taiwan Electricity Act, a measure that allows non-utility companies to make such a move.

Google’s Solar Farm

One of the options for the solar farm, to be located in Tainan City, Taiwan, is installing solar panels on top of poles, standing over the fishing ponds. A Google spokesperson did note that the company has not yet chosen how the panels will be placed above the water.

According to the Business Times, the tech giant, already one of the world’s largest corporate buyers of renewable energy, won’t build or operate the solar farm.

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Tech giant Google recently announced plans to move forward with a new renewable energy project: Solar panels that will be situated on top of fishing ponds in Taiwan, amounting to a 10-megawatt solar array.

Plans indicate that 40,000 solar panels will be deployed for the company’s floating photovoltaic farm. (This kind of solar farm has also come to be known as a “flotovoltaic” farm.) The resource is slated to be operational in 2020; New Green Power, a Taiwanese company, will be responsible for building and operating the solar farm.

The choice of flotovoltaics is a move to maximize the use of land, with the added benefit of allowing fish and the solar panels to coexist. Owners of the fish farm will be compensated for allowing the installation.

The solar farm will be located 100 kilometers (roughly 62 miles) south of Google's Changhua County data center. According to Data Center Dynamics, the tech giant purchases more than 3 GW of renewable power, which allows the company to claim its operations are 100 percent renewable.

“Our inaugural renewable energy project in Asia is an encouraging example of what’s possible when forward-thinking government officials, local stakeholders and companies work together for a brighter future,” writes senior lead of Global Energy Policy and Markets for Google Marsden Hanna, in a blog post.

“A policy landscape offering a clear path to cost-effective renewable power procurement is essential as more people and more organizations look to access carbon-free energy. We applaud Taiwan for giving the green light to green energy initiatives like ours—the first of hopefully many more in the region.”

According to Hanna, Google has signed on with more than 30 solar and wind projects across the Americas and Europe since 2010.

   

Tagged categories: AS; China; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Solar; Solar energy

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