Pekat-Proton pact to promote solar PV plan

Left to right: Roslan Abdullah, CEO of Proton Edar Sdn Bhd; Lee Yeet Chuan, CEO of Proton Global Services Sdn Bhd; Johann Sze, Director of Solaroo System Sdn Bhd; and Chin Soo Mau, CEO of Pekat Group.

PETALING JAYA: Pekat Group Bhd is partnering Proton Holdings Bhd to promote the adoption of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, as part of the national automaker’s energy sustainability initiatives.

In a joint statement yesterday, the parties said the partnership would build upon Pekat’s 12 megawatt-peak grid-connected solar PV system at Proton’s manufacturing plant in Tanjung Malim, Perak and complement the latter with a reduction in carbon footprint as well as energy costs since March this year.

“As part of the collaboration, Proton will actively promote the adoption of solar PV systems provided by industry suppliers, including Pekat’s solar subsidiary Solaroo Systems Sdn Bhd by demonstrating the savings it can generate and the benefits it brings to the environment.”

The parties added that a memorandum of understanding was inked between Solaroo and Proton Global Services Sdn Bhd (PGS). PGS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Proton Edar Sdn Bhd.

Pekat’s RM33.1mil, 23-acre solar PV asset at Proton’s Tanjung Malim plant has the potential to provide annual energy savings of RM5.85mil for the automaker and reduces carbon dioxide emissions from the facility by up to 11,536 tonnes per annum.

Pekat, a solar PV and earthing and lightning protection specialist, has secured over 195 megawatts of solar rooftop PV installation projects nationwide across residential, commercial and industrial customers.

With energy costs still elevated, coupled with the continuous push among carbon-conscious stakeholders towards sustainability, Proton Edar chief executive officer Roslan Abdullah said the partnership between PGS and Solaroo marks the beginning of the next phase in Proton’s journey towards a holistic green energy adoption.

“Following our investment into new energy technologies at Tanjung Malim, we are hoping to adopt more energy savings measures throughout our entire ecosystem in line with the government’s target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050,” he said.

As part of its growth strategy, Solaroo director Johann Sze said the collaboration would add to Solaroo’s track record in the commercial and industrial segment.

“With the inevitable electricity tariff hike, the usage of renewable energy is appreciable in today’s economy.

“We at Pekat and Solaroo are proud to continue our solar PV journey with Proton and provide the best low-carbon solutions for our partner in this long, mutually beneficial relationship.”

Last week, Proton formalised a deal to sell and service electric vehicles (EVs) in Malaysia and Thailand from smart Automobile Co Ltd (smart) through a general distributorship agreement.

With the agreement, Proton will be the exclusive distributor in the two countries for smart, which is a premium EV joint-venture company between German-based Mercedes-Benz and China-based Geely Group.

The first model of the imported EVs by smart will be available in Malaysia in the fourth quarter of 2023.

Proton aims to sell between 800 and 1,000 of smart EVs per year in Malaysia,

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