KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Bhd (MMHE) expects to save about RM30mil in electricity bills over 21 years with the use of solar power at its shipyard.
MMHE said on Friday its operation yard, MMHE West in Pasir Gudang, Johor is now powered by solar after the installation of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.
The installation by M+ by Petronas, the solar solution brand of Petronas, is under a 21-year agreement until 2042.
“The installation of this 8.3 megawatt peak (MWp) solar rooftop at MMHE West represents the largest rooftop solar installation in a single compound within Malaysia., ” it said.
The 18, 720 units of solar PV panels with a total size of 440, 496 square feet (sq ft) will provide energy for eight buildings at MMHE West.
These panels collectively generate about 10, 000-megawatt hours (MWh) of clean energy each year translating to a reduction of about 6, 286 tonnes of carbon emissions into the atmosphere annually. This amounts to 132, 000 tonnes of carbon emissions reduced throughout the 21 years which is equivalent to planting two million trees.
MMHE said the power generated from the solar PV panels is sufficient to light up 725 double-storey homes for a full year.
The completion of the solar PV panels installation was commemorated via a virtual launching ceremony earlier on Friday by the mayor of Pasir Gudang City Council Datuk Asman Shah Abd Rahman, MMHE managing director and CEO Pandai Othman and the executive vice president & CEO of Petronas Gas + New Energy Adnan Zainal Abidin, .
Pandai Othman said this was under Petronas’ new energy segment as part of MMHE’s sustainability efforts.
“With this in place, we will now be utilising clean and renewable energy for our operations and reducing our carbon footprint.
“As part of our mission to protect and preserve the environment and thus create a positive difference to the lives of the people, our efforts are not only for the profit of the Company, but for the benefit of all. We embrace and assume our responsibility in ensuring a sustainable world for the present and future generations, ” he added.
Aside from the installation of solar PV panels, he said MMHE also has other environmental sustainability efforts in place which it is currently intensifying, including energy saving, waste management and water conservation.
“On the business side, we acknowledge the dynamics of the energy industry and have expanded our strategies in exploring opportunities in renewable energy sector which include the construction of offshore wind farm structures. To date, we have established partnerships with various international engineering solutions providers for that purpose, ” he said.
Adnan Zainal said the rooftop solar installation at MMHE represents a new source of energy that helps transform MMHE’s electricity mix to be more environmentally-friendly and highlights the real possibilities for clean energy to be used to power heavy and energy-intensive industries.
“Importantly, the effort to solarise MMHE West Yard forms a part of Petronas’ transformative journey towards Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050, whereby we identify suitable internal assets owned by Petronas and its associates to grow the use of clean energy across Petronas Group of Companies, ” Adnan added.