Edra on track to build pilot solar power plant in Kedah

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  • Monday, 20 Mar 2017

The plant in Kuala Ketil would turn the once agricultural land into an industrial site and support the long-established industrial park in Kulim, said Edra president and executive director Datuk Mark Ling.

KUALA LUMPUR: Independent power producer (IPP) Edra Power Holdings Sdn Bhd is on track to build its pilot large-scale solar photovoltaic plant in Kedah by early 2018, with a generating capacity of 50 MWac.

Project Kedah Solar, which will bring immense economic spillover benefits to the state, would be undertaken by Edra’s wholly-owned unit, Edra Solar Sdn Bhd.

“The Kedah solar plant is expected to generate about 80,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity per year and would be developed over 104ha at Bandar Kuala Ketil in Baling, Kedah,” Datuk Mark Ling, president and executive director of Edra Power, told Bernama yesterday.

Project Kedah Solar would be the first of multiple-utility scale solar photovoltaic power plant with an aggregate capacity of up to 500MW to be developed by Edra pursuant to the conditional award from the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water.

Edra Solar had entered into a sales and purchase (SPA) agreement in August 2015 with BDB Land Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of BINA DARULAMAN BHD (BDB) for the acquisition of the said land parcel.

The relevant agencies and authorities in the state have granted the necessary approvals to enable Edra Solar to proceed with the project.

The clean solar electricity will avoid 36,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year, thereby supporting the governments initiative to reduce the generation of greenhouse gases, he said.

Edra is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China General Nuclear Power Corp, which is a leading nuclear energy company in the world with investments in more than 25-gigawatt clean and renewable energy projects, including wind, solar, hydro, gas-fired, efficient coal-fired and fuel-cell powered projects in China, South Korea, Singapore, UK, France and Australia. – Bernama

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