Asia’s Largest Solar Power Plant in South Korea
Conergy Korea announced yesterday an agreement for the extension of Asia’s largest solar power plant (currently 19.6 MWp) in SinAn, South Korea, to 24 MWp. The completed 24 MWp solar power plant will cover an area of 720,000 m2 (about 96 soccer fields) and produce 33,000 MWh annually. This energy is sufficient to supply 7,200 households with clean energy annually and will help South Korea reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 24,000 tons a year.
This largest solar power plant in Asia is a major milestone for South Korea to be a world leader in clean energy. The CEO of Conergy Korea, Mr Kim Jihun explained:
Building Asia’s largest solar power plant is a landmark moment for the renewable energy sector in Korea. The success, scale and technical sophistication of the project is a model of how we can lead Korea into a new era of renewable energy production through strong and trusted partnerships between international experience and technical knowledge, Korean construction and engineering expertise, and ambitious local and federal government planning and policy.
The solar power plant is also in line with the South Korea government’s plans to supply 5% of domestic energy requirements with renewable energy sources by 2010, and produce 1GW of solar energy by 2012. To achieve these targets, the government intorduced the feed-in-tariff policy in 2002. This helped to increase the solar installations from 51 in 2006 to 134 in 2007 (a 163% increase). In addition, solar power production in South Korea has grown to over 160 MW today.
Perhaps Singapore can learn from the Koreans on what it takes to be a clean energy leader. Some requirements include renewable energy targets and local clean energy installations.
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