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Taiwan wind farm gives Japan foothold in Asia's green power game

Energy giant JERA completes island's first commercial offshore facility

Formosa 1 is Taiwan's first commercial offshore wind farm, but many more are planned as the island embraces green energy. (Photo by Kensaku Ihara)

TOKYO -- Japan's leading power provider took its first major step in developing Asia's promising green-energy market with the completion of Taiwan's first commercial offshore wind farm.

JERA, a joint venture between utilities Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings and Chubu Electric Power, owns 32.5% of the Formosa 1 wind farm off northwestern Taiwan, slated to begin operation by the end of 2019. Denmark's Orsted, the global offshore wind power leader, invested 35% in the project, which offers a capacity of 130 megawatts.

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