MK Land plans more solar farms after Kerian solar project success


KERIAN: Property developer MK Land Holdings Bhd is planning to have more solar farms in northern Peninsular Malaysia, especially Kedah, following the success of its first renewable energy project, the 10.95 megawatt (MW) large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Kerian, Perak.

Solar Citra Sdn Bhd (SCSB) director Kamarulzaman Abu Bakar said the pilot project in Lembah Beriah, Kerian has started supplying solar power to Tenaga Nasional Bhd since June and projects a profit of almost RM400,000 a month.

"Based on the success in Lembah Beriah, SCSB was selected on Aug 8 by the Energy Commission to be a solar energy producer under the Corporate Green Power Programme (GCPP) in Kulim, Kedah.

"SCSB, together with Total Energies Renewables SAS, was awarded a 30 MW quota for a 52-hectare farm, that is three times the size of Lembah Beriah, for operations commencing in 2025,” he said at a press conference here today.

SCSB is a wholly owned subsidiary of MK Land Resources Sdn Bhd, which in turn is a unit of MK Land.

Kamarulzaman said this after celebrating MK Land’s success in achieving commercial operations for the 10.95 MW plant under the Large-Scale Solar 4 (LSS4) scheme.

Also present for the celebratory event were MK Land chairman Felina Mustapha Kamal, Solarvest managing director Lim Chin Siu and GoodWe Malaysia technical service manager Muhammad Farhan Zainuddin.

In July 2021, SCSB appointed Atlantic Blue Sdn Bhd, a unit of Solarvest Holdings Bhd, as the engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning (EPCC) solutions provider for the 16-hectare Lembah Beriah project, while GoodWe was the sub-contractor as well as the inverter supplier.

MK Land then signed a solar power purchase agreement with Tenaga Nasional Bhd in August 2021 for a period of 21 years upon the site’s commissioning on Dec 30, 2022.

Kamarulzaman said the solar PV plant was completed seven months ahead of schedule and it proved SCSB’s capabilities and commitment to engineering delivery and technical solutions for the LSS4 project.

"The solar farm uses more than 32,000 solar panels, costing a total of RM52 million, and it is capable of generating 11 MW of electricity to the Bukit Merah main intake substation as a new energy source.

"Through Goodwe, we utilised the latest innovations in technology to produce solar inverter equipment, medium-volt stations as well as power line communication technology for easy long-distance control through medium-voltage alternate cables to reduce system costs,” he added.

Kamarulzaman said SCSB is playing its part in building renewable energy assets throughout the peninsula and contributing to the country’s aspiration to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. - Bernama

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