Taiwan inaugurates offshore wind farm with Japanese stake

Taiwan inaugurates offshore wind farm with Japanese stake


Taiwan inaugurates offshore wind farm with Japanese stake

This photo taken on May 16, 2023, shows the Formosa 2 wind farm in Houlong in northwestern Taiwan’s Miaoli County.

 Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday inaugurated a major offshore wind farm, built with a Japanese stake, moving a step closer toward her government’s 2050 net-zero emissions pathway.

The Formosa 2, the island’s third offshore wind farm located in Houlong in north-western Taiwan’s Miaoli County, has 47 wind turbines with a total capacity of 376 megawatts to power the equivalent of approximately 380,000 households per year.

Japanese energy company JERA Co., a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. and Chubu Electric Power Co., holds a 49 percent stake in the project.

“Today, everyone witnessed the milestone of the development of renewable energy,” Tsai said at a ceremony to mark the inauguration. The Formosa 2 is the first wind farm to be completed in Taiwan after the COVID-19 pandemic.

JERA Global CEO Yukio Kani said his company is committed to achieving net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 and vowed to work with partners and local governments to gain the understanding of the local community among other stakeholders.

JERA also holds a 32.5 percent stake in the nearby Formosa 1 offshore wind farm, which was inaugurated in 2019. “We would like to thank the Taiwanese government for its determination to make offshore wind a reality and set a paramount example in Asia,” Kani said.

“We look forward to further expanding this important, collaborative relationship going forward,” he added.