Norway-Malaysia solar plant successfully started commercial operation

Photo: Scatec Solar’s website

Scatec Solar, Norwegian-headquartered solar power producer, announced that it has started commercial operation for the 65 MW Jasin solar plant in Malaysia.

This Jasin plant is the second of three 65 MW solar plants undertaken by Scatec Solar in Malaysia. Total investment for the three projects was around MYR 1,235 million ($296 million).

Located in the south-west of Peninsular Malaysia, the the 65 MW Jasin solar plant is expected to produce about 94,000 MWh of electricity per year for more than 31,000 households. Another vital feature is that it will provide clean energy to decrease about 70,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar expressed that the company was pleased to see Jasin plant successfully completed and also entered commercial operation doubling Scatec Solar’s assets in operation to 130 MW in Malaysia.

“South East Asia continues to be a key market for us, and we expect that the Government of Malaysia will maintain high ambitions for the deployment of renewable energy in the country,” Carlsen said via Scatec Solar’s press release on May 13, 2019.

Malaysian solar energy project was commenced in December 2016 by joining forces between Scatec Solar and a local ITRAMAS-led consortium, the leading Malaysian green engineering company.

The two companies had signed three Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Malaysia’s largest electricity utility, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) for three solar energy projects spread across the Southeast Asian nation, totaling 197 MW. The first of the three projects that has reached commercial operations in January 2019 was the Gurun Plant located in the northwestern part of peninsular Malaysia.

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