Taiwan Unveils Asia’s biggest Solar Plant

22 December 2009 (Last Updated December 22nd, 2009 18:30)

Taiwan has unveiled what it calls Asia's biggest solar power plant, the government announced today. The two-hectare (4.9-acre) plant in south Taiwan's Kaohsiung county, an area that enjoys year-round sunshine, is equipped with 141 huge solar panels that can generate 1MW in total, accord

Taiwan has unveiled what it calls Asia's biggest solar power plant, the government announced today.

The two-hectare (4.9-acre) plant in south Taiwan's Kaohsiung county, an area that enjoys year-round sunshine, is equipped with 141 huge solar panels that can generate 1MW in total, according to the Atomic Energy Council.

1MW is enough to power 1,000 homes, according to an official at the council, which is also in charge of sustainable energy, reports the AFP.

The facility, which started operating on Tuesday, is expected to help Taiwan cut its carbon emissions by up to 660-700 tons annually.

Taiwan estimates its solar energy industry will be worth up to 200 billion Taiwan dollars ($6.25bn) by 2020, said the council.