Equis will install 70.2 MW across 79.5 hectares of land spanning two locations in Yizhu, Chiayi county, on the island’s southwestern coast. The Singapore-based IPP aims to start construction in early 2018. Completion is scheduled for the middle of next year, with all electricity to be sold under a 20‐year PPA to Taiwan Power (Taipower). It did not reveal the terms of the deal.
“Taiwan is at a critical juncture in the development of its energy resources, and the award of the Chiayi solar project, after a very competitive bidding process, represents a significant step forward,” said David Russell, chairman of Equis.
Upon completion, the project is expected to generate about 100 GWh of electricity per year, or enough to power 19,000 homes. The project will also include a solar-focused education centre, according to an online statement.
Equis is currently building 100 MW of solar in Taiwan, with an additional 581 MW of utility‐scale PV and wind in development. The company has announced a number of major projects this summer. In May, it chose Bouygues Energies & Services and Toho Electrical to help it build a 13.7 MW solar array in Japan’s Aomori prefecture. In August, it signed PPAs with PT PLN to build 42 MW of solar capacity in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi and West Nusa Tenggara provinces. And it also secured approval in August to build 1 GW of solar in Queensland, Australia.