TNB’s solar project to commence next month

Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) will commence construction of its first large-scale solar project in Mukim Tanjung 12, Kuala Langat, Selangor, next month.

The project on 97ha of land, which is being cleared in phases, will be developed into solar farms (68ha), while the remaining land is occupied by an existing high-voltage transmission line (29ha), the electric utility company said in a statement yesterday.

“Once completed and fully operational by November 2018, the project will generate and transmit 50MW of electricity to the national grid,” it said.

TNB’s wholly owned subsidiary, TNB Sepang Solar Sdn Bhd, was awarded the project by the Energy Commission through a competitive bidding exercise.

TNB said it aspired to deliver most of Malaysia’s renewable energy (RE) by investing in solar, wind, biomass, biogas and mini hydro projects.

As part of the group’s international expansion plan, TNB is also acquiring RE assets.

Last month, the national utility company completed the acquisition of a 50% interest in Vortex Solar Investments Sarl for the acquisition of an operational 365MW solar photovoltaic portfolio in the UK. — TMR