Taiwan’s solar panel covered ‘Sun Rock’ building to generate 1 million kWh per year

By: | January 23rd, 2022

Image courtesy: MVRDV

Taiwan is transitioning to green energy. In its ambitious effort to build out renewable energy as a source of its power needs, Taiwan has launched an urban sustainability project of epic proportions.

Called the Sun Rock building, the project has been designed by the high-profile Dutch firm MVRDV. The façade of the Sun Rock building is almost entirely smothered in solar panels. The round shape of the building is designed to collect energy from the entire visible spectrum of sunlight.

The building can generate 1 Million kWh of green energy every year

Owned by Taiwan’s power utility Taipower, the Sun Rock building will even pump excess energy into the national grid.

The Sun Rock building will measure 12,900 sq. m (roughly 138,000 sq. ft). Taipower plans to use the building as a visitor facility, in addition to a warehouse and maintenance center for renewable energy devices.

The structure can support at least 4,000 square feet (4,000 square meters) of photovoltaic panels. These solar panels would create nearly 1 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy per year. Not only that, but the building design also has an option to add an even wider region of PV panels onto the structure, which could generate up to 1.7 million kWh per year.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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