To promote sustainable energy and hasten the remediation of contaminated farmland, the EPA revised and issued the "Principles for the Review of Installation of Photovoltaic Facilities on Contaminated Land". Farmlands that were unable to be cultivated due to contamination were able to be utilized as photovoltaic fields. With the consent of the owners of contaminated land, PV facility providers can apply with local environmental authorities to install PV facilities on the contaminated land. Through the cooperation between the owners of polluted land, photovoltaic industry and the government, to achieve a multi-win situation in land use, energy development and sustainable environment.
To facilitate this process, the EPA engaged in the “Promotion plan for installing photovoltaic facilities on polluted land" This year's execution results are as follows:
(I) To facilitate the installation of PV facilities on polluted farmland, 13 promotional briefing sessions and 23 visits with local mayors and village head were complete. With the help of local farmland remediation team in Changhua County, comprehensive promotion and publicizing of the project was completed. In Taoyuan City, Hsinchu City, Taichung City and Changhua County, survey with owners of 1,679 patches of polluted farmland was completed, accounted for 403.24 hectares of farmland. The land owners of 63.55 hectares of farmland had expressed willingness to participate in the PV project (estimated about 47.4 MW), of which 22.31 hectares (about 21.95 MW) have signed administrative contracts with the Environmental Protection Bureau. A cumulative of NT$34,188,571 has been paid back to the soil and groundwater pollution fund.
(II) To facilitate the installation of PV facilities in polluted industrial properties, survey was completed with 424 property owners.9 of which have planned to install PV facilities with total generation capacity of 3.5 MW. An additional of 42 polluted property owners expressed interest of installing PV facilities, with whom we are assisting with the application procedure.
(III) To promote the PV facility installation policies, informational pamphlets and handouts were printed. To facilitate cooperation between polluted landowners and PV facility providers, 2 large-scale matching meetings and 2 individual matching meetings have been completed.
(IV) Site surveys were completed on 20 polluted farmland and industrial polluted sites. Additionally, 19 conferences were held with PV facility providers and local environmental authorities.
(V) Further promotional strategies were promulgated and provided to the EPA to facilitate the installation of PV facilities.
(VI) The informational platform for the PV facility installation was updated and maintained. Consultation hotlines were set up to provide consultation and counseling services on the installation of solar photovoltaic facilities on polluted land.