BUTTERWORTH: Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has signed an Agreement of Intent with the Seberang Prai Municipal Council) (MPSP) to install solar panels on the rooftops of public markets and some designated state government offices in Penang in a move to reduce carbon footprint.
The agreement marked a significant milestone towards making MPSP Penang’s first local authority to choose solar energy generation, as well as the first municipal council in the country that is going green with TNB, through the Supply Agreement for Renewable Energy (Sare).
The agreement was signed by MPSP president Datuk Rozali Mohamud and GSPARX Sdn Bhd head of marketing Nor Ziha Zainol Abidin.
Rozali said the signing brings MPSP a step closer towards realising the council’s low-carbon society agenda through its smart city initiatives in Seberang Prai.
“We’re fully committed towards making MPSP a Low Carbon City and Smart City by 2022. Besides that, we’re also working towards the Penang 2030 Vision of ‘A Family-Focused Green and Smart State That Inspires The Nation’ by making MPSP more inclusive, durable, green and competitive,” he said yesterday.
With the signing of the agreement, GSPARX, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TNB Renewables Sdn Bhd, will subsequently study and identify suitable sites for solar panel installation for MPSP under zero upfront solution.
The solar PV installation will also enable MPSP to sell excess solar energy to TNB and get energy credit on a “one-on-one” offset basis to further reduce its bills via the Net Energy Metering (NEM) scheme.
Sare, a tripartite contract between TNB, GSPARX as the Registered Solar PV Investor (RPVI) and MPSP as the customer, allows MPSP to enjoy a lower electricity rate than the gazetted tariff.
Sare is presently offered by TNBX Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TNB.