JOHOR BARU: The official ground-breaking ceremony for the RM1.4bil Sultan Ibrahim Solar Park in Pengerang, which is slated to be held on March 23, has been cancelled.
This comes as the Federal government has yet to give any response regarding the proposed project.
Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar said he did not see any reason why the Federal government would not be willing to give Johor a chance to be an eco-friendly producer of electricity.
“We have a suitable plot for the project, robust growth and development as well as a healthy demand from our neighbour, which makes Johor a most strategic location, ” His Majesty said in a statement posted on his official Facebook page Tuesday (March 9).
On March 1, His Majesty announced that Johor will become a leading producer of renewable clean energy with the commissioning of the power plant by 2023.
The RM1.4bil development is the state’s first foray into large-scale sustainable energy production with a combined installed capacity of 450 megawatts, which would be the biggest in South-East Asia.
It is also Johor’s first major private investment in 2021 and is the result of Sultan Ibrahim’s continued efforts to draw investment and development to boost the socio-economic well-being of the people in the state.
The project is also in line with the 2030 Johor Sustainable Development Plan, which places major emphasis on environmental preservation and protection as part of the state’s economic development plan for a more prosperous society.
It will also have a positive economic spillover effect for the state, with job creation at various levels, as the solar park would be the region’s largest solar energy storage system when fully operational.