The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan), has announced a photovoltaic module product registration scheme to strengthen the installation of solar power generation equipment and boost the development of the PV industries in the region.
Released by the Bureau of Energy (BOE) in September 2013, the Photovoltaic Module Product Registration Guidelines offer a public platform of product information to module manufacturers, distributers, system operators, certification agencies, testing laboratories, financial institutions and the people interested in erecting PV systems.
The scheme will provide access to the PV module performance and authentication information of related products and reduce product specifications identified in the dispute, which will reduce bank financing concerns and help businesses secure loans, the BOE claims.
The BOE, with an aim to promote the 'Million Solar Rooftop PVs' program throughout Taiwan, has also launched the PV module product registration website to provide the industry better access to PV product information and better protection of their rights.
Once the scheme is officially launched, the companies who pass the guidelines can submit applications for product registration on the website, which will widely be accessed by the industry for information related to certified products.
In 2011 BOE established the 'Million Solar Rooftop PVs Promotion Office' to back the PV development target of 1,020MW by 2020, 2,500MW by 2025 and 3,100MW by 2030. The BOE has raised the 2013 target to 175MW from the original 102MW.
According to the program, which is based on PV-Energy Service Company's (PV-ESCO) business model, the BOE provides capital financing to local system integrators and installers gaining profits from reasonable whole-sale pricing.
The business model provides financing, insurance and logistics support to strengthen the development of the solar power industry.
Image: 'Million Solar Rooftop PVs' program promotes PV deployment across Taiwan. Photo: courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.