TNB starts building RM300m RE plant

by RAHIMI YUNUS / pic by TMR filepic

Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has started the construction of its large-scale solar (LSS) project in Kuala Langat as the national power company ramped up the country’s renewable energy (RE) generation.

It said in a statement the 50MW LSS project in Kuala Langat, Selangor, was the utility company’s first LSS endeavour.

“The project, to be built on a 98ha piece of land, serves as a catalyst to TNB’s aspiration in developing RE projects in the country and the region, said TNB in a statement.

TNB has acquired major RE assets in solar, wind and hydro in the UK, Turkey and India, with an accumulated generation capacity of almost 600MW.

The Kuala Langat LSS, when completed in November next year, will increase TNB’s capacity of electricity-generated RE sources from 23.2MW to 73.2MW.

Costing more than RM300 million, the LSS project is developed by TNB Sepang Solar Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of TNB. The former signed a 21-year solar power purchase agreement in early March this year.

TNB Sepang Solar secured financing and working capital requirement for the project, at RM339 million, from Affin Islamic Bank Bhd on July 19.

Malaysia has targeted its RE generation to reach 30% nationwide within the next eight years.

Currently, the country produces 22.5%, or 6,500MW, of RE generation mix derived from solar, biomass, biogas and mini-hydro sources.