Gas Station Rooftops Become Solar Farms

Cover Photo: Big Sun Group.

Taiwan’s state-owned petroleum company CPC, has turned 7 gas stations into solar-power generators, and plans to roll out solar panels on 100 more in 2017.

The company has identified 365 stations so far as suitable to host solar arrays, and is searching for more locations among 612 gas stations and 12 oil depots.

As well as generating solar electricity, the company’s stations are also implementing energy-saving measures. Lighting in all CPC gas stations and depots are being converted to LED.

The installation of a 499KW solar array at the Lin-Yuan Petrochemical Industrial park in Kaohsiung County is expected to be complete at the end of this year, and the company plans to add another 300KW capacity at that location next year.

The government of Taiwan, under Tsai Ing-wen’s Democratic People’s Party administration is pushing renewable energy, including solar, wind, and geothermal energy production, as part of its “Nuclear Free Homeland” policy, where they hope Taiwan can free itself of dependency on nuclear power by 2025.

The first CPC gas station to host solar panels in Kenting 2011
The first CPC gas station to host a solar panel array was Kenting in 2011. Photo: Liberty Times Network.

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