Fishing ponds to host solar panels as part of Google project in Taiwan

The site of Google's first solar project in Taiwan. Source: Google LLC

January 23 (Renewables Now) - US search engine major Google LLC has sealed a long-term solar power purchase agreement (PPA) in Taiwan that is tied to a 10-MW photovoltaic (PV) project in Tainan City.

Google, which is part of Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), said in a blog post that this contract marks the expansion of its clean energy portfolio into a fourth continent after the Americas and Europe. It also makes Google the first corporate power purchaser to act on a recent change of Taiwan’s Electricity Act that allows non-utility companies to directly buy renewable electricity. The move will boost the carbon-free profile of the company’s local data centre in Changhua County, it added.

The project itself is part of a larger solar farm and involves mounting poles into commercial fishing ponds to elevate around 40,000 solar panels. This setup will maximise land-use efficiency, Google pointed out.

The Internet-based services provider is cooperating with development partners Diode Ventures, Taiyen Green Energy, J&V Energy and New Green Power to implement the project.

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