Acer opens solar power station

2017/08/18 21:52:31
Courtesy of Acer

Courtesy of Acer

Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) Acer Inc. (宏碁), a leading PC brand in Taiwan, has inaugurated a solar power station in its Aspire Park in Longtan District of Taoyuan City as part of its efforts to push for the use of renewable energy, the company said Friday.

The first stage of the solar power station became operational Friday and the rest of the facility is scheduled to start producing electricity by the end of September, Acer said.

When completed, it will have an installed capacity of 2.4 megawatts, capable of generating roughly 3.52 million kilowatt-hours of power a year, Acer said.

The solar power station at Aspire Park is the first built by Acer in Taiwan, although it has installed equipment such as solar panels in individual buildings it owns to produce green power in the past.

Acer said the solar power station in Aspire Park will become one of the largest solar power facilities in Taiwan at a time when the country is trying to develop renewable energy to reach a "nuclear free homeland" target by 2025.

According to Acer, the solar power station in Longtan is expected to help Taiwan cut carbon emissions by 1,820 metric tons a year, the equivalent of planting 180,000 trees to absorb emissions.

The power produced by the power station will be partly used by Acer itself, but it did not say what it would do with the remaining power it generates.

Yang Ching-fa (楊金發), head of Acer's Aspire Park development division, was citing as saying in the statement that Acer is determined to fulfill its corporate responsibility by plunging into green energy development.

Building the solar power station will improve the company's sustainability and strengthen its competitiveness, Yang said, noting that it intends to expand the power station in the future to boost its renewable energy capacity.

As of the end of 2016, Acer Group's green power consumption worldwide, including solar and wind power as well as other renewable energy sources, accounted for about 47 percent of the total power consumed at its facilities worldwide, and it hopes that will go up to 60 percent by the end of 2020.

Renewable energy already covers all of its energy consumption in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Thailand, Malaysia, Canada, and the United States, the company said.

(By Jeffrey Wu and Frances Huang)
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