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President praises Changhua's green achievements

2018/07/16 17:43

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, second from front right)/CNA file photo

Taipei, July 16 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) praised the Changhua County government on Monday for its achievements in promoting green energy during a visit to an elementary school in the county to talk up the county chief, who is up for re-election later this year.

Tsai said Changhua is thought to have the greatest green energy capacity of any of Taiwan's cities and counties because of its ample wind resources and sunshine, and she praised County Magistrate Wei Ming-ku (魏明谷) for his achievements in developing green energy.

The president, who also heads the Democratic Progressive Party of which Wei is a member, encouraged the county government to continue efforts to pass on its experience in the field to other countries and let people around the world know the value of green energy.

Wei said his county has a plan to develop renewable energy on school campuses in three phases by signing 20-year contracts with power companies on behalf of the schools.

Solar panels have been installed on the roofs of 187 schools in the county in the first phase of the plan, and they will be installed at another 58 schools in the second phase of the plan.

In the third phase, solar panels will be installed on the roofs of gymnasiums and sports fields at 43 schools, according to Wei.

Up to 98 percent of schools in the county are currently covered by the renewable energy development plan, the highest rate of any city or county in the country, Wei said, and he expected the program to provide stable revenues for the schools over the next 20 years.

State-owned Taiwan Power Co. has also signed a letter of intent with the county to invest NT$200 billion (US$6.6 billion) in offshore wind power farms off the county's coast, Wei said.

Taiwan has 36 offshore wind farms, of which 21 are in Changhua County, according to the county government.

Wei is just one of several DPP county or city heads who will be seeking re-election in local elections in late November.

(By Hsiao Po-yang and Evelyn Kao)Enditem/ls