GEMAS, June 9:

Malaysia’s largest solar power plant was officially launched yesterday by Amcorp Properties Bhd, with recognition from by the Malaysia Book of Records for being the largest grid-connected solar farm in Malaysia.

The 10.25MW power plant has a power purchase agreement with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) for 21 years at a feed-in tariff of 87.4 sen/kWh.

It was officially opened by the Yang Di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir.

Amcorp Group chairman Tan Sri Azman Hashim said the solar power plant was built at a total cost of RM87 million.

“The plant is capable of producing 41,000 kWh of electricity a day or 1.2 million kWh a month to fulfill peak hour demand.

“The project utilises the latest solar panel known as ‘Yingli Polycrystalline 250 Watt’. The manufacturer, China’s Yingli Green Energy Holding Ltd, is the second largest solar panel manufacturer in the world.

Completed in four months, the plant is installed with 41,076 solar panels, generating an average of one million kWh of electricity monthly since starting operations in January this year, he added.

Azman said Amcorp has made it a priority to venture into the green energy sector not just in Malaysia, but possibly also overseas.

Amcorp first ventured into renewable energy in 2006 when it signed a 21- year power purchase agreement for the development of the Amcorp Perting 4MW mini hydro power plant in Bentong, Pahang.

The mini hydro power plant was commissioned in 2009 and has garnered the prestigious Asean Energy Awards 2012 and the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia Silver Award of Merit 2013.

Construction is now in progress to expand its capacity to 6MW.

Azman said Amcorp is also currently developing another mini hydro power plant project in Sg Liang, Pahang.

He added the 17MW plant will be jointly developed under the FIT Scheme of SEDA with TNB Energy Services Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TNB and is expected to commence operations in 2017.

“Apart from Malaysia, Amcorp is optimistic of exploring new prospects of the renewable energy business in Indonesia, especially for the development of mini-hydro power plants, given the natural landscape of that country as well as the current low ratio of installed capacity versus population.”

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