Amid progress on major projects, the sale of shares by pioneering local offshore wind-power developer Swancor underscores the challenges facing Taiwanese companies. With the scheduled completion next month of the installation of twenty 6-megawatt (MW) turbines off the coast of Miaoli County, Taiwan’s offshore wind-power development program enters a new stage. When the 90-meter-tall masts…

The combination of political and physical obstacles will almost certainly forestall any extension of Taiwan’s nuclear power sector. Last November, Taiwan seemed to do an about-face on the issue of nuclear power. Although Tsai Ing-wen of the anti-nuclear Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) had been elected president in 2016, voters approved a referendum negating the amendment…

Progress in developing renewable energies has been slower than targeted, but the pace is now expected to quicken.  Among the Five Shortages identified by Taiwan’s Chinese National Federation of Industries (CNFI) and currently being addressed by the government in a series of policy initiatives, electrical power is seen as the most crucial. Taiwan’s generating capacity…

FARGLORY FOUNDER FACES PRISON SENTENCE Farglory Group founder and chairman Chao Teng-hsiung is facing a 24-year prison sentence on charges of bribery and breach of trust involving several public construction projects. Following a four-month investigation. The Taipei District Prosecutors Office arrested 31 people including Chao, New Taipei City councilor Chou Sheng-kao, and Lee Shush-der, the Taipei…

The government is moving cautiously – some developers think too cautiously – in promoting what could become a major new industrial sector. Offshore wind-power development is a huge undertaking. Enormous turbines fixed on gigantic masts rise 100 meters above the sea, with foundations reaching 50 meters or more into the waters below. The generating capacity…

The use of agricultural land will be needed to provide sufficient area, but regulations governing farmland are stringent.  Taiwan’s rural Yunlin County, traditionally one of the island’s least developed areas, is virtually booming with solar panels. Every third farmhouse or barn seems to be covered in solar panels. And where locals once eyed solar-power purveyors…