Lightsource bp and partner Green Rock Energy move ahead with 150MW Bundai development, designed to flow 210,000MWh of electricity into aquaculture facility.
Lightsource bp, the renewables and solar arm of Oil giant BP, has unveiled the company's first-ever clean energy-fed aquaculture project, a 150MW PV-powered fishery off Taiwan. Its construction is expected to commence in June 2023.
Being built by Lightsource bp in partnership with Green Rock Energy, the Bundai development will produce 210,000MWh of electricity a year - to make the facility operational.
The firm hopes to make the project a showcase for the possibilities of PV led energy use in more and more industries and situations.
Lightsource bp CEO Nick Boyle was quoted saying, "There are a lot of interesting opportunities for solar in Asia and our long-term ambition is to have an EMEA [Europe, Middle East and Africa], Americas and an Asia Pacific region so we're excited that through our first East Asian project in Taiwan, we are beginning to build that third leg of the stool. Taiwan relies on imports for about 95% of its energy which leaves its energy supply vulnerable to external disruption. This energy challenge, coupled with the need for sustainably generated electricity makes Taiwan a unique project."
The solar fishery project was so designed to benefit the local environment and community, according to Lightsource adding, "with company having engaged environmental specialists to develop Bundai to include 200 ponds for fishermen's use and adding saltwater storage lagoons to optimise water management practices."
China's biggest wind developer Longyuan Power last year announced to build what is claimed to be the world's first floating wind power project integrated with aquaculture, near Nari island, in the South China Sea.
A previous project, also in China is already operational, that allows a combination of solar production and fish farming in a marine environment.