The Executive Yuan Council will pass the draft amendment to the "Renewable Energy Development Regulations" today, stipulating that solar photovoltaic power generation equipment must be installed in new buildings, additions or renovations, after taking into account the light conditions and exemption from certification standards.

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The Executive Yuan Council will pass the revised draft of the "Renewable Energy Development Regulations" today, which will have new regulations for photovoltaics, offshore wind power, geothermal and biomass energy.

The draft stipulates that solar photovoltaic power generation equipment must be installed after considering the light-receiving conditions and exemption standards for new buildings, additions or renovations. In addition, because offshore wind power development tends to be floating wind turbine technology, it can only be installed within 12 nautical miles of territorial waters. The rules set will also be "unbanned".

According to the draft, newly-built, added and rebuilt buildings that meet certain conditions shall be equipped with solar photovoltaic power generation equipment on the roof of the building; however, the conditions for receiving light are insufficient or other certification standards can be exempted.

This amendment is tantamount to forcing new houses and old houses to be rebuilt to install photovoltaics.

The Energy Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs stated that the standards for a certain scale, a certain capacity and its calculation method, light receiving conditions, and exemptions shall be determined by the Ministry of the Interior, the central competent authority for construction, in conjunction with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the central competent authority.

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In addition, since my country's offshore wind power target is 5.6GW in 2025, the target in 2050 will reach 40GW to 55GW.

However, Taiwan is narrow and has a limited coastline. Since the international offshore wind power technology has gradually overcome the water depth problem and the limitation of offshore distance conditions, it is developing in the direction of large water depth and far away from the coastline equipment such as floating wind turbines. Therefore, the draft revised offshore wind power generation. Definition, no longer restrict its setting scope, delete the "no more than territorial waters (12 nautical miles)" regulation, in order to cooperate with the development of offshore wind power technology and energy development policies.

The Energy Administration emphasized that even if the territorial waters are not restricted, various ministries will still be invited to take stock of the areas where offshore wind power can be set up, excluding prohibited and environmentally sensitive areas.

The draft also includes a special chapter on geothermal energy, clearly defining the application and review procedures for the stages of exploration, development, and operation. The central government will lead the application process and establish a legal environment for accelerated geothermal development.

In the past, geothermal heat was also managed as a hot spring, and the term of water rights was only 2 to 3 years. This time, the hot spring law has also been amended to eliminate the hot spring development permit review process. The term of geothermal water rights is limited to 20 years, reducing the risk of operators.