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Changbin and Taichung GoldPower Project

The Changbin and Taichung GoldPower Project is located on the west coast of Taiwan. Its electricity production is approximately 400 GWh per year, enough to supply power to 110,000 households.

This wind farm is located near remote fishing villages on the west coast of Taiwan

  Summary of project benefits

Average per year:

  Clean electricity generated per year (MWh/y)

400,000

  People benefitting from clean electricity

33,000

  People employed by the project

23

  People benefiting from training (number of training sessions)

34

  Students benefiting from scholarships

10

  Area re-planted (m2)

17,000


It consists of two separate wind farms with a total of 62 wind turbines standing up to 113 metres high with blades 71 metres across.

The wind farms supply electricity to a local grid operated by the regional state electricity authority. Greenhouse gas emission reductions are achieved through the use of wind power to generate electricity, which would otherwise be generated by fossil-fuel power plants.

Renewable energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. The wind farm generates 400,000 MWh annually. The cost of building the wind farms was substantial. The additional revenue from the sale of GoldPower renewable energy certificates provided the necessary incentive to justify this investment.

How This Project Improves Lives

The Changbin and Taichung wind farms not only produce clean and renewable energy that does not contribute to climate change, but also provide socio-economic and environmental benefits locally and nationally. As a GoldPower project, community and secondary environmental benefits are measured and verified regularly.

The project provides enough clean energy to power 33,000 households whilst avoiding the upstream environmental and health impacts of fossil-fuel extraction, processing and distribution such as respiratory illness and acid rain.

The wind farms have helped to boost the local economy in the remote fishing villages where they are located, and have created local employment during their construction and operation. They have also facilitated technology and know-how transfer, as the employees are trained by German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon on maintenance, safety and operational issues.

Up to 98% of Taiwan’s energy is imported, which creates significant economic and energy security risk. This project contributes to Taiwan’s economic sustainability by reducing the dependency on fossil fuel imports. It also contributes to the further development of the wind energy sector in Taiwan.

“This GoldPower project demonstrates the capacity of wind farms to create substantial local renewable energy, improve energy security and air quality, and enhance local livelihoods.”

Project Details

Technology:Wind

Location:Changhua County and Taichung County, Taiwan

Established:2009

Co-Benefits:Health, Local Economy and Employment

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