AmCham Visits Vena Energy’s Ecological Conservation Site
On January 29, AmCham Taiwan’s Energy Committee embarked on a field trip to member company Vena Energy’s ecological conservation area in Yizhu Township, Chiayi County. A total of 30 members and guests visited the site, including Bureau of Energy Director General Yu Wei-cheng, Chiayi County Magistrate Weng Chang-liang, Endemic Species Research Institute Deputy Director Lin Hsu-hung, and AmCham President Leo Seewald. There, the group learned about Taiwan’s green energy trading, international green finance, how solar power can be a force for ecological preservation, and other issues related to the development of renewable energy in Taiwan.
Renewable energy development is currently a global trend, and Taiwan’s government, seeing the need to ensure energy security, develop a green economy, and promote environmental sustainability, made green energy a core component of its 5+2 Innovative Industries initiative. It has set an ambitious goal of making renewables 20% of its energy mix by 2025, with solar power constituting the highest proportion of that category at 66.3%.
Vena’s Yizhu site is Taiwan’s largest privately run ground-mounted solar panel system, and is the first solar power project in Asia-Pacific to receive the TÜV Rheinland IEC 62446-1 certification. In the early stages of the project’s development, Vena committed significant resources to conducting an enhanced impact assessment and mitigation planning for the habitat of the Black-faced Spoonbill, a native bird species. It then minimized the construction period in order to avoid disrupting the species’ winter migration.
AmCham President Seewald praised the visit to the Yizhu site as a rare experience for members and their guests and thanked Vena for arranging the tour. He also expressed his gratitude to Director General Yu, County Magistrate Weng, and Deputy Director Lin for taking the time to join the outing.
Yu noted that the promotion of renewable energy is one of the government’s priority areas, and expressed hope that it can exchange ideas with industry moving forward in order to align Taiwan’s green energy development with global standards.
Weng warmly welcomed the Chamber’s visit to Chiayi, a location whose abundant sunlight makes it ideal for the development of solar energy. Currently, the Chiayi County government is actively promoting renewable energy development, and expects that the county’s planned science park will involve many green energy-related needs. Furthermore, the establishment of a stable and complete green energy supply chain would be very beneficial to Chiayi’s future industrial development.
In the future, AmCham will continue to plan and organize field trips to member companies’ various work and development sites, and will encourage cross-industry exchange and cooperation.
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