Tenaga Nasional to power with solar energy four buildings at Kuala Lumpur airport

Malaysian utility Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) announced it has has inked an agreement with Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) through its renewable energy retail arm, GSPARX Sdn Bhd (GSPARX) to install solar panels on four of MAB’s buildings at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Under the Solar Supply Agreement (SSA), MAB is expected to save almost RM15 million in electricity bills throughout a 21-year period as they tap into GSPARX’s expertise in the installation and operation of rooftop solar PV panels.

The solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to be installed will have a capacity of 2.210 megawatt peak (MWp), capable of generating about 2.86 gigawatt hours (GWh) of clean energy per year. The project is the largest installation at a single site for GSPARX.

The project will benefit MAB in its long-term pursuit of reducing CO2 emissions. Once completed in April 2021, the green energy generated from the project is expected to offset about 2,022 metric ton of carbon dioxide emission for the first year, or approximately 56,638 metric ton of emission until 2050. This translates to approximately 12,197 cars taken off the road or 933,520 trees grown.

TNB President/Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan said:

“TNB has taken a firm position with its recently renewed aspiration to be a leading provider of sustainable energy solutions in Malaysia and internationally. To this end, we will be driving a significant shift in our generation portfolio towards more renewable sources, and have stated our intent to make the recently commissioned Jimah East Power Plant in Negeri Sembilan, TNB’s last greenfield coal-fired power plant.”

Amir Hamzah added that TNB is steadily building on its renewable energy portfolio both domestically and abroad, with a view to achieve 1,700 MW by 2025, and to support the nation’s target of having 20 per cent of the country’s electricity generation mix from renewable sources
by 2025. Amir Hamzah also highlighted that renewable energy partnerships that TNB undertakes are also at the core of effecting a chain of economic activity towards building a solar manufacturing hub in Malaysia.

TNB’s total domestic and international portfolio currently stands at approximately 750 MW of solar and wind energy.

Malaysia Airlines Group CEO captain Izham Ismail said:

This new milestone marks the next step forward in MAG’s long-term commitment to play a greater role in driving sustainability efforts for Malaysia and the aviation industry, as evident in our collaboration with GSPARX today.” 

Source: Press Release by Tenaga Nasional Berhad. Photo credit: © Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.