Bright future for solar firm awarded 21-year contract

Chow and Syamshuar (right) viewing the solar panels after opening the solar farm at Ladang Byram in NibongTebal, Penang.

PLB Green Solar Sdn Bhd, which is located in Ladang Byram near Nibong Tebal, Penang, has been awarded a contract together with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) for 21 years to be an independent renewable energy (IRE) manufacturer.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the solar farm with a capacity of 20MWac located on a 24.28ha land would supply electricity to industries and 12,000 households.

“This is an initiative by the federal government through the energy commissioner to generate renewable energy and reduce the emission of carbon dioxide.

“Nearly after two years the project took off, today we see the project being completed and has started to supply electricity to the project monitoring unit (PMU) in Batu Kawan.

“The Penang government is very proud of the solar farm, which shows the commitment and seriousness of the government in making the green technology project successful in line with Vision 2030 to make Penang a green state.

“The state government will constantly give support to any private companies that wish to be involved in similar green technology projects,” he said.

Chow was speaking to reporters after opening the RM105mil solar farm in Ladang Byram recently.

Also present were state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh, Jawi assemblyman Jason H’ng Mooi Lye, Bukit Tambun assemblyman Goh Choon Aik, PLB Green Solar executive chairman Datuk Seri Ong Choo Hoon, its executive director Datuk Ong Guat Beng and its managing director Syamshuar Husin.

Syamshuar said construction of the solar farm commenced in early January this year and was completed in October.

“We achieved the initial operation date (IOD) on Nov 11 and we will commence the commercial operation date (COD), which is full supply to TNB beginning Dec 1,” he said.

He also urged the state government and federal government to increase the electric supply technology through IRE.

“This is so that we will achieve the goals set by the federal government that is to generate 20% of electricity in the country through IRE by year 2020,” he added.

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