In view of growing solar PV usage in global emerging markets, the Green Trade Project Office (GTPO) held a Green Energy Seminar on Wednesday May 26th. The seminar invited Mr. David Brown, the Head of Trade and Investment Division of the British Trade and Cultural Office; Ms. Michele Decaux-Wang the Director of the Belgian Office in Taipei; and market analysts Ms. Pearl Yang and Ms. Joanna Chen from the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).
Mr. David Brown presented to the audience some of the most important solar industry promotion policies of the UK. The solar PV installed capacity in the United Kingdom rose to 6 GW in the past 5 years due to rising electricity cost and falling PV system installation costs. Current renewable energy policies encourage decentralized energy generation for business and communities, and incentives have been announced to attract direct investment to the UK to support domestic R&D and solar industry manufacturing.
Ms. Michele Decaux-Wang introduced the renewable energy cluster in Wallonia. The Cluster TWEED (Technology of Wallonia Energy, Environment and sustainable Development) plays a major role in the business development of sustainable energy sectors in Belgium. The organization is comprised of industry and academic experts devoted to the development of renewable energy studies in the country. Renewable energy goals of Wallonia include the development of 8 TWh of renewable energy generation capacity and 25% renewable energy consumption rates by the year 2020.
Ms. Pearl Yang gave a compelling talk on global solar PV trends. As Feed-in-Tariff rates drop in mature solar markets, usage of small PV system in emerging markets rose significantly. Ms. Joanna Chen presented the future impacts on rural electrification by the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) which will be integrated by the end of 2015. Small off-grid renewable energy systems will be the key to improving electrification rates for many Asian Pacific countries with far reaching islands.
The GTPO will continue to observe solar PV market opportunities in emerging countries worldwide and arrange events and business tours to assist Taiwanese businesses venture into foreign markets.