At the beginning of the year, the inverter manufacturer KACO new energy strengthened its presence in the growth market of South East Asia by appointing a Territory Manager. This announcement set the course for rapid expansion in Taiwan, one of the fastest-growing markets for photovoltaics. The company now has its own representation marketing the “Made in Germany” technology on the island, where the government plans to install new photovoltaic capacity of more than 18 gigawatts by 2025.
Country Manager Stanley Yu discusses KACO new energy’s inverter technology at PV Taiwan 2017.
The Taiwanese government is planning to expand the installed photovoltaic power from around 1.5 gigawatts at present to 20 gigawatts by 2025. The short-term goal is to add 1.52 gigawatts in the next year and 6.5 gigawatts by 2020. By focusing on the major expansion of solar power and other renewable energies, sun-drenched Taiwan will be able to complete its gradual withdrawal from nuclear power. The government is intending to invest more than 29.3 billion euros in the project.
A wise investment, as it can be assumed that, over the long term, this will help reduce costs for imported fossil fuels and allow Taiwan to become increasingly less dependent on these. What's more, it will reduce the very high environmental burden resulting from the use of fossil fuels.
This reasoning applies to many countries in the Asia-Pacific region with growing economies, which is what led KACO new energy to step up its engagement in the region by appointing a Territory Manager in February of this year. The company made use of the market information and contacts obtained through this move to establish a presence in Taiwan very quickly.
Backed by the German inverter pioneer's years of international expertise and extensive product portfolio, Country Manager Stanley Yu is well equipped to face the challenges of the Taiwanese solar market.
The island nation of Taiwan has only limited suitable space available for solar power plants. Of the 20 gigawatts announced, 17 will be generated by ground-mounted systems and 3 by rooftop systems. Although the Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs has prioritised the expansion of transmission lines and associated infrastructure, it must be possible to integrate the solar power plants in all available building, land or coastal areas.
The product portfolio for Taiwan will be made up predominantly of blueplanet 5.0 TL1, blueplanet 20.0 TL3 and blueplanet 50.0 TL3 inverters, which are used for solar power plants of less than 500 kilowatts. The variant OD+ of the blueplanet 50.0 TL3, in particular, has lasting resistance to the salt air corrosion that can occur directly on the coast. Making up the fourth in the set is the soon-to-be-launched blueplanet 125 TL3 with 1500 volts of input voltage, a new, highly efficient solution for the megawatt range.