TNB Genco to produce floating solar farm in Manjung

TENAGA Nasional Bhd’s (TNB) wholly owned subsidiary TNB Power Generation Sdn Bhd (TNB Genco) will be launching its first floating solar farm project.

The pilot project would be using floating photovoltaic (PV) solar panels which would be installed at an ash pool at a power station to generate solar energy.

To be located at the Sultan Azlan Shah Power Station (SJSAS), Manjung Perak, it will have a bottom ash disposal pond measuring 175 hectares with a potential to generate at least 100MW of energy.

“Currently, a total of 288 PV solar panels have been installed in the pond with an installed capacity of 105.12kWp equivalent to a reduction of 7.9 tonnes of carbon emissions per month or carbon dioxide uptake by 409 trees.

“Electricity generated through this system can meet the electricity needs of 30 houses,” TNB said in a statement today.

TNB added that the floating solar farm would also save land since it requires only one hectare to produce 1MW as well as making its assets portable and manageable.

Since water evaporation is a natural cooling system, the farm would not affect its natural ecosystem.

This project is also in line with the Reimagining TNB (RT) aspirations in creating growth for the sources of future generations, particularly in tackling climate change issues and increasing its Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) commitment.

“Other TNB sustainable energy solutions include large -scale solar farms (LSS) and rooftop solar panels.

“As the country’s leading electricity supplier, TNB is committed to green energy sustainability for a sustainable future,” it said.

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