The Executive Yuan passed the draft revision to the Renewable Energy Development Act on the 8th. In the future, new buildings, additions, and renovations that meet certain conditions should have solar panels on the roof.
The roof of the Xinyi Xincheng Community in Taipei is filled with solar panels. In addition to solving the problem of water leakage, residents can also get rebates for selling electricity to Taipower every year.
Chen Yu-peng, Director, Xinyi Xincheng Community: “We combined solar panels with waterproofing of the roof. The annual power generation is about 150,000 watts, which we earn about NT$1 million from Taipower.”
The government announced a policy of net zero carbon emission by 2050, which has attracted much attention to renewable energy technology. Solar panels should be installed on the roof of new buildings, additions, and renovations that meet certain conditions in the future.
Tseng Wen-sheng, Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs: “If we install the equipment at the beginning of the design process, then we can avoid construction changes in the future and possibly result in some synergy also. For example, more than 65 percent of a roof can be insulated. So relatively speaking, there is a lot of potential for the roof.”
Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Tseng Wen-sheng said that in the future, solar power generation equipment installed on the roof will belong to the building's assets. Existing laws will regulate whether the equipment is purchased in bulk or for personal use. Some developers believe that the government should give incentives for volume purchases. Otherwise, the extra cost may be reflected in the house price.
Hu Wei-liang, Honorary Chairperson, Taiwan Old Buildings Reconstruction and Development Association: “In fact, many solar panels and equipment are discarded after one or two years. The government should give developers a small volume bonus to balance the burden of costs.”
Mr. Chiang, Citizen: “I think it's quite meaningful if the wattage is enough.”
Mr. Tseng, Citizen: “In Taiwan, residents in the entire building may not agree.”
The existing provision of "no more than 12 nautical miles of territorial waters" was deleted from the draft amendment in order to promote offshore wind power. Tseng said that after removing the range restriction, what remains is the difficulty of developing the technology needed.