Canadian Solar, one of the world's largest solar power companies, announced that its 1.98 MWp solar power plant in Hualian is now up and running.
The Hualien Rongkai solar project has begun operating commercially on December 13th. All the 6,384 pieces of Canadian Solar modules deployed in the project are locally produced by the company’s module plant in Taiwan.
All the modules have been awarded with Voluntary Product Certification (VPC). In Taiwan, only cells and modules with high efficiency which underwent and passed a strict testing regime could successfully obtain this certification.
The power plant is expected to produce approximately 2,505 MWh of clean, solar energy every year. Taipower will purchase the generated electricity at the rate of NT$4.922 (US$0.16) per kWh per the contract of a 20-year FiT.
Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar commented, "We are pleased to announce the completion of our first project in Taiwan where we are managing an early stage pipeline of 43 MWp. Canadian Solar has had significant success in markets where we have local manufacturing and project development presence. We expect to expand on that success and continue to look for opportunities to grow the development pipeline in Taiwan."