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Solar energy group urges government to speed up buying

Staff writer, with CNA

Solar power generation system outfitters yesterday urged the government to speed up purchases of solar power generated by private firms to help the sector survive.

Under the Renewable Energy Development Act (再生能源發展條例), the government can purchase solar power or other renewable electricity generated by the private sector to encourage private enterprises to invest in green energy businesses.

Life Lai (賴增華), the head of the Solar Power Generation System Association (太陽光電發電系統公會), said that the application procedure to seek government purchases of solar power was very complicated, making it difficult for applicants to enjoy the benefits of the incentives.

The association comprises companies that design solar energy systems for businesses and government offices.

Lai said that since the law was enacted in July last year, “none of the six applications that were filed to seek government purchases have been approved.”

“The firms that bought the power generation equipment from us will not pay until the government purchases the power [generated],” he said.

Lai said that state-owned Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電), which acts as the only renewable power buyer on behalf of the government, has erected procedural barriers that make approval difficult.

He said this includes completing an application of about 250 pages and a long review process by five groups at Taipower.

The government should remove these barriers to facilitate purchases and help makers or sellers of solar power generation equipment survive, he said.

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