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Three companies qualify to build offshore wind farms with subsidy
Central News Agency
2013-01-25 11:01 PM
Taipei, Jan. 25 (CNA) Three companies, including the island's sole electricity supplier Taipower, have qualified to receive a government subsidy to build model offshore wind farms, an energy official said Friday. Tseng Tseng-tsai, a deputy section chief of the Bureau of Energy under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, said Taipower, Fuhai Wind Power, and Marine Wind Power, had promised to build four to six wind- power generation units by 2015, and complete their offshore wind farms before 2020. After the completion of their wind farms, their combined electricity generation capacity will reach 300 megawatts (MW). The electricity they generate will be sold to Taipower at NT$5.5626 (US$0.1912) per kWh over the next 20 years. The price was fixed by a panel set up by the government for this purpose exclusively. Tseng said Taipower has chosen a site 8 km off the coast of Fangyuan, Changhua County for its wind farm. Fuhai's wind farm will be built 10 km off the coast of Fangyuan and will house 30 wind turnbines with a combined generation capacity of 108 MW. Marine will build its wind farm five kilometers off the coast of Jhunan, Miaoli County. Tseng said the Bureau of Energy is planning to increase the electricity generation capacity of the country's offshore wind farm by 300 MW a year until 2030 when the combined capacity will reach 3,000 MW, which will by then account for over 33 percent of the country's total renewable energy resources. (By Milly Lin and Maubo Chang)
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