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Taiwanese market taking off with capacity now at more than 100 MW

With over 90 MW added in the past year, Taiwan's cumulative wind capacity now stands at more than 100 MW. By the end of 2005, at least nine wind farms had completed the first stage of turbine installation. Germany's Enercon installed around 50 MW, with 25 of its turbines used in two of the three largest projects completed last year: the 42 MW Dapeng wind farm and the 5.8 MW Chunan wind farm. The first private wind developments in the country were developed by Germany's Infravest, which has plans for around 300 MW in Taiwan. The country's second largest project of the year, the 30 MW Dayuan Guanyin Wind Farm in Taoyuan, 20 GE 1.5 MW turbines were used. This project is part of the 100 MW first stage of state utility Taipower's wind development program. The three remaining projects under phase one of the program, all originally scheduled to come online by the end of 2005, are due this year. A 126 MW second phase, across four wind farms due online in 2007, is also underway. So far, a turbine supplier has only been chosen for one of these one projects. Vestas will supply 23, 2 MW machines for a plant at Chungwa Industrial District. An island similar in size to Denmark, Taiwan claims to host the best resources for wind power development in the Asia-Pacific region. It wants to increase its wind power capacity to 2150 MW by 2010, ten years ahead of its original goal, so that wind power supplies 10% of its electricity. Taipower will develop 500 MW of the targeted capacity, with the rest to come via the private sector.

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