TNB Bukit Selambau solar project commissioned ahead of schedule

LSS Bukit Selambau (Source: TNB)

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 -- Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has successfully commenced operations of its second Large Scale Solar (LSS) project in Bukit Selambau, Kedah (LSS Bukit Selambau) on Sept 8, or 114 days ahead of schedule.

The 30 megawatt (MW) plant, equipped with 134,880 solar photovoltaic panels with 14 inverters, was initially targeted to start operations on Dec 31, 2020, the multinational electricity company said in a statement.

“The early commissioning of LSS Bukit Selambau is a testament to TNB’s commitment towards delivering sustainable energy for the nation, as well as its capabilities to execute such large scale Renewable Energy (RE) projects.

“Together with the recently announced acquisition of majority control of Vortex Solar in the UK, this positions TNB as the leading domestic and among the top RE players in the region and globally,” said TNB’s president/chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan.

He added that the second LSS project has increased and strengthened TNB’s domestic large scale solar generation capacity which contributes 80MWac (123MWp) to the national grid.

TNB’s first LSS project in Sepang, Selangor (LSS Sepang Solar), with a generation capacity of 50 MW,  successfully achieved its commercial operations date in November 2018.

The LSS Sepang Solar and LSS Bukit Selambau projects were both awarded by KeTTHA (now KETSA) through Suruhanjaya Tenaga via the LSS competitive bidding exercise programmes one and two respectively.

Both plants were developed by TNB’s wholly-owned subsidiary, TNB Renewables Sdn Bhd (TRe), the asset management, operations and investment company arm of TNB.

Construction of LSS Bukit Selambau took 21 months including almost two months of suspension due to the MCO.

It was undertaken within budget by the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning contractor, TNB Engineering Corporation Sdn Bhd, another wholly-owned subsidiary of TNB.


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