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Tainan County plans to build Taiwan's biggest solar power town

TAINAN, Taiwan -- Taiwan's southern Tainan county, home to the island's biggest solar cell maker, aims to build the biggest community powered by sunlight to help cut pollution. The county government has invested NT$3 billion (US$95 million) preparing infrastructure for 107 hectares (264 acres) of land for the plan, aiming to attract developers to build 4,000 houses with solar panels within five years, said Yichin Chan, the solar project director at Tainan County.

Taiwan is joining countries including the U.S. and Spain to tap renewable sources of energy to help cut carbon emissions. The government in Taipei aims to fit solar panels on 100,000 homes as a new pricing structure for renewable energy helps ensure profits for builders, according to Wang Yunn-ming, deputy director-general of the Bureau of Energy. “We hope to use these pollution-cutting panels in Taiwan,” Chan said in a telephone interview Monday.

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