TNB’s 2nd largest solar project 84% complete

KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s (TNB) second Large Scale Solar (LSS) project, located in Bukit Selambau, Kedah, is on track for completion before the end of 2020, as over 84% of the project has been completed so far.

The RM180 mil project on a 50ha site involves the installation of 134,880 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, capable of generating up to 30 megawatts (MW), TNB said in a statement.

The project is being developed by TNB Bukit Selambau Solar Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TNB Renewables Sdn Bhd (TRe).

It was launched by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir in March this year.

TNB said that during construction, the project’s spillover effect on the surrounding areas includes the creation of about 250 jobs in various capacities, and at its peak, 252 subcontract workers will be employed, 95% of them local.

The company’s first LSS plant – one of the biggest in Malaysia – is located on a 98ha site in Sepang, Selangor.

Equipped with 238,000 solar PV panels that can generate up to 50 MW, it has been operating since November 2018.

Apart from LSS projects, TNB is also installing solar panels on the rooftops of educational institution and government buildings as well as residential, industrial and commercial properties.

So far, it has managed to secure about 26 megawatt peak (MWp) generation capacity through more than 100 projects.

With the LSS, solar PV installations on rooftops and other renewable energy (RE) projects, TNB aims to generate up to 1,700 MW from RE by 2025.

“These RE initiatives are in line with the government’s target of having 20% of the country’s electricity generated from renewable sources by 2025,” it added. – Dec 30, 2019 Bernama

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