JOHOR has launched a state-wide solarisation initiative in a first state-coordinated effort to push for change towards green energy.
The launch of the Johor PBT Solar Tour (Jelajah Solar PBT Johor) was officiated by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad and represented by Johor Housing and Local Development exco member Ayub Jamil.
This initiative is in line with the state’s aspiration to create a greener, sustainable and low-carbon community, a programme led by the Housing and Local Development exco.
The solarisation effort will be coordinated and executed by a state-linked subsidiary, Permodalan Darul Ta’zim Sdn Bhd (PDT) in collaboration with United Solar Energy (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (USEM), a solar company with vast experience in solar technology from Australia.
As one of the state’s key investment arms, PDT has had experience in various industries such as oil and gas, utility management and housing development. This marks its first foray into the renewable energy sector.
The solarisation exercise will be done under the zero-cost route to the state, via Supply Agreement of Renewable Energy, a tripartite agreement with Tenaga Nasional Bhd.
“The solarisation initiative will start with the local councils (PBTs) and the PDT-USEM team has already begun feasibility studies of solar installation on all Johor’s PBTs, with the estimated total installation of 15MW across more than 200 buildings.
“With installation on all buildings by 16 PBTs, we are expecting to generate more than 16,600 MWh of green energy a year and bring utility savings of more than RM200 Million, all at zero cost to the state,” said Ayub.
He adds, “Most importantly, the initiative will offset more than 320,000 tonne of carbon dioxide per year from the environment. The state welcomes this initiative and thanks the PDT-USEM team for stepping up to execute the state’s mandate through the Johor PBT Solar Tour.”
The launch was held at Dewan Jubli Intan Sultan Ibrahim, Batu Pahat, in conjunction with a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing between the Batu Pahat Municipal Council (MPBP), PDT and USEM to install solar on all MPBP’s buildings.
He shared, “Today is a milestone for MPBP as it sets an example to all other agencies and parties on creating a green, low carbon community.”
The solar installation exercise for MPBP is expected to commence in 2022.