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Kinmen County Government to Build Solar Powered City

Kinmen County Government to Build Solar Powered City
Reporter: Yang Shui-Yung / Kinmen County Government

In coordination with the Kinmen Low Carbon Island Project, Kinmen County Government issued invitations to tender last June for installing solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems on county-owned buildings, and has currently completed 15 locations. It continued to search for suitable locations this year, but some had structural or age issues or were private land where the owner refused. Kinmen County Government convened the “Kinmen County Public Building Solar Photovoltaic System Establishment Coordination Meeting” yesterday, and invited over twenty government agencies and schools in hopes of resolving any difficulties. This can promote the use of renewable energy, achieve energy conservation and carbon reduction, and improve environmental quality, building a solar powered city will only make Kinmen Low Carbon Island Project more successful.
The Kinmen County Public Building Solar Photovoltaic System Establishment Coordination Meeting was hosted by Senior Executive Officer Weng Tzu-Pao, and attendees included Director-General Hsu Chih-Chung of the Economic Affairs Department and personnel of each location, explaining the reason why a location cannot install the solar power system, suggesting that locations participate in the project to meet the department’s requirements, and recommending a compensation, inspection, and maintenance mechanism.
Weng Tzu-Pao pointed out that the Executive Yuan approved Kinmen’s low carbon island project in 2013, and the public sector should take the lead in energy conservation and carbon reduction, and implement the “million rooftop solar panel project” to install solar power systems on public buildings, fully utilizing space to achieve carbon reduction. This will also drive the development of Kinmen’s green energy industry and low carbon tourism.
Even though Kinmen has a thermal power plant, power generation on offshore islands is costly, and with the growing demand on power, completion of the project to install solar power systems on public buildings will increase Kinmen’s total capacity by 5%, which will lower fuel cost and infrastructure construction expenses; the use of renewable energy will also reduce carbon emission, rooftops will be effectively utilized to block direct sunlight and lower temperatures indoors. This will further reduce energy consumption by air conditioners, achieving energy conservation, carbon reduction, and environmental protection at the same time.
Weng Tzu-Pao indicated that Kinmen County has the highest density of solar water heating systems in the country, but it is still somewhat inadequate, especially with Kinmen losing roughly NT$8 for every kilowatt-hour. The central government subsidizes Taiwan Power Company over NT$2 billion every year. The main issue is the high cost of thermal power generation in Kinmen. Kinmen County can utilize renewable energy, including solar power and wind power, and invested NT$27 million last year for a road light charging system that uses wind and solar power. He suggested installing anemometer towers so that offshore power generation can make up for the insufficient power.
Datong indicated that it conducts quarterly and annual inspections of locations that have completed or will install solar power systems, and will also conduct inspections before and after typhoons and earthquakes, so everyone can feel at ease. Attendees were also concerned about leakage prevention, and Datong indicated it will have to wait until after it rains to determine if a newly installed solar power system will leak; it will immediately respond as long as a department notifies it of an ongoing leak, and will arrive the following day at the latest. If there is a leak, it will repair the leak after the rain stops. However, attendees hoped that it can take necessary leakage prevention measures during installation.
The county government implemented Kinmen Low Carbon Island Project to promote the use of renewable energy, achieve energy conservation and carbon reduction, improve environmental quality, and contribute to the country’s sustainable development. A series of measures will be implemented for the solar power systems, including the installation of solar power equipment on public buildings owned by Kinmen County, purchase and subsidies for electric vehicles, scooters and transportation tools, development of solar power systems, micro-grid operations, Dongkeng community micro-grid, renewable energy and green energy, planning a mobile energy storage micro-grid in peace memorial park, micro-grid power supply for Jinshui Elementary School overseas community social welfare hall, solar power system in the cultural park installed by the Kinmen branch of Taiwan Power Company, and installation and subsidies for thermal water heating systems and solar power street lights, making Kinmen a prototype solar powered city.

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  • Date:2016-12-08