Taiwan to raise FIT rates for first half of 2018

Taiwan has announced a series of new feed in tariff rates for renewable energy in 2018, the results of the third meeting of its Renewable Energy FIT Rates Review Committee, held on December 14.

Chief among these is an increase to the FIT rate for small scale solar installations (up to 20 kW). The new rate for the first half of 2018 is NT$5.8744 (US$0.202)/kWh.

As it looks for ways to boost PV capacity on its limited space, Taiwan is increasing incentives for owners to open up rooftops to the Green Energy Roofs project. In addition to the increased FIT rate, participants in the project will receive a further 3% markup, as well as a 6% markup for those using ‘high performance’ PV modules, though it is not immediately clear what the parameters for high performance have been set at.

The FIT rates will scale down for larger installations, to reflect cost reduction factors: Rooftop installations between 20 and 100 kW will receive a rate of NT$4.7906 (US$0.165)/kWh, and those of 100-500 kW will receive NT$4.4564 (US$0.153)/kWh.

Taiwan’s 2018 FIT policy also divides the year into two halves, with slightly lower rates specified for the second half of the year: 1-20 kW NT$5.7493 (US$0.197)/kWh; 20-100 kWh NT$4.6885 (US$0.161); and 100-500 kW NT$4.3636 (US$0.150)/kWh).

The MOEA announcement also includes a three-month extension to the construction of land and water-based PV projects larger than 10 MW, meaning that 2018 FIT rates will still apply to projects completed between January 1 and September 30, 2019.

The draft was published on October 11 2017, and after gathering public opinions in a hearing on November 1, the Committee made adjustments to several of the FIT rates. Rates were also increased for both onshore and offshore wind, and a phased tariff introduced to support the development of geothermal energy.