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Kaohsiung to subsidize solar panel installment

2012/07/10 22:24:46

Kaohsiung, July 10 (CNA) Kaohsiung City will subsidize residents willing to install solar panels on the rooftop of their buildings under a trial scheme, the city government said in a press release Tuesday.

The southern city approved the plan during an administrative meeting Tuesday under which NT$9 million (US$300,903) will be used for the remaining time of this year, according to the press release.

Besides promoting green energy, Huang Chih-ming, director-general of the city's Office of Building Administration, said the plan also aims to solve the problem of illegal structure commonly seen on top of buildings.

According to the city government, the NT$9 million budget should be enough to subsidize solar panels to be installed at 150 buildings this year.

The city also plans to begin a three-year project from next year, with the target of installing solar panels of 10 megawatt-peak during that period.

Kaohsiung has over 2,300 hours of sunlight every year, making it a suitable place to develop solar energy, the city government said.

A subsidy of NT$10,000-$15,000 per kilowatt-peak is expected to be given to owners of buildings that are chosen to take part in the project this year, according to the press release.

The city said it will begin accepting applications after the required regulatory process of the plan is completed, which is expected by the end of this month.

(By Wang Shwu-fen and Kay Liu)