Singapore-based solar energy system developer, owner and operator Sunseap has bagged five new projects for the rest of this year.
The key highlight amongst the projects is the first rooftop solar energy systems to be deployed at the basketball courts of two schools in New Taipei City, Sunseap said in a statement.
The other projects include the first ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the Taitung province with a capacity of 1.2 MegaWatt-peak (MWp) when completed.
In Yilan county, in Northeastern Taiwan, Sunseap will work on the first rooftop installation project on a commercial building with a capacity of 1.6 MWp when completed. Then there is a 1 MWp solar farm in Houlong East, Maoli county in western Taiwan.
Sunseap Taiwan Solar Holdings Ltd started operations in Taiwan in 2018, and has two subsidiaries namely, Pacific Sunseap Energy Limited which focuses on distributed photovoltaic projects, and Sunseap Solutions Taiwan Limited which focuses on energy efficiency and green rooftop solutions.
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Sunseap has also completed three solar farms in Taiwan’s Miaoli region on schedule in the first half of this year, despite facing challenging terrains such as uneven and steep sites, particularly for the Miaoli North Solar Farm (628 kWp) & Miaoli South Solar Farm (1,349 kWp). Miaoli Houlong West Solar Farm (735 kWp) was in a more accessible location, and the experience and expertise of the local team saw this project completed in a record time of one month.
The three projects’ cumulative output is 2.7 MWp and were all commissioned under the country’s Taipower FiT (Feed-In Tariff) regime programme.
Ow Wei Pin, Senior Manager of Business Development, Sunseap Taiwan, said: “Sunseap celebrates the third anniversary of our operations in Taiwan this year and we are glad to see good progress in our efforts to get businesses to include renewable alternatives in their energy mix.
We believe that the experience gained from the three projects in the Miaoli region, where we had to deal with difficult terrains and less than ideal locations, will put us in good stead to work on other projects with similar challenges.”
From its first commissioned project at Pingtung Canal, Sunseap Taiwan’s portfolio continues to grow to include new locations and deployment of solar PV systems on different types of buildings and structures across Taiwan, totaling 60 MWp in contracted capacity.
In 2016, the Taiwan government announced a national renewable energy target of 20 per cent by 2025, which includes plans to install 20 GW of solar energy by 2025.
Coal-fired power plants have been Taiwan’s main power source for many years, and as these ageing structures start to be decommissioned, the timing was ideal for a switch to clean energy.
Sunseap has over 400 MegaWatt-peak (MWp) of solar energy projects contracted, of which more than 168 MWp have been completed on more than 1,500 buildings in Singapore, including public housing estates, as well as commercial and industrial buildings.
It also operates in various countries in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia.
In March, Sunseap formed a joint venture with Malaysia’s largest electricity utility, Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB). This joint venture trial is to import clean electricity into Singapore, from Malaysia.