First large-scale solar project 50% ready

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SEPANG: The nation’s first large-scale solar (LSS) project is now over 50% complete.

Work on the project, being developed by Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), began in July last year.

TNB vice-president (energy enterprises) Nor Azman Mufti said work at the site for the 50MW LSS farm, which included structure for the solar panels and the laying of the 132kV underground cable and 10km fibre optic cable, was going on smoothly.

“Work on the construction of the 132kV sub-station and control room is also on-going.

“The installation of 238,000 solar panels is in full swing,” he said.

TNB is confident of meeting the target date for commercial operation on Nov 1, 2018, he said.

The LSS project is developed by TNB unit, TNB Sepang Solar Sdn Bhd, on a 98ha land in Mukim Tanjung 12, Kuala Langat, Selangor.

The main engineering, procurement and construction contractor is TNB Engineering Corp Sdn Bhd.

TNB won the LSS competitive bidding, worth over RM300 million, last year in its efforts to champion renewable energy and optimise electricity generation through green technology in Malaysia.