On 23 December 2009 Taiwan has inaugurated its largest High-Concentration Photovoltaic (HCPV) in Asia. According to the officials this HCPV power plant is expected to save up to 700 tons of carbon emission annually.
Established by the Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, the power plant sits on a two-hectare site located in Lujhu Township, Kaohsiung County, being the world’s second largest solar power plant after Spain’s. It is composed of 141 solar panels, being capable to generate up to 100 megawatt of clean renewable energy
Officials said that the plant uses solar trackers which direct solar lenses toward the sun, making the solar panels more efficient. Southern Taiwan receives more than 300 days of sunlight per year, making it an ideal location to harvest clean renewable power.
According to Kaohsiung County Commissioner Yang Chiu-hsing, the HCPV power plant is anticipated to bring in more sustainable power developments into the city. He also said that the Taiwan Power Company is planning for another 450MW power plant in Kaohsiung.
This High-Concentration Photovoltaic power plant is part of the government’s plan to develop alternative energy resources and to reduce carbon emission, said former premier Liu Chao-shiuan.