Bosch completes one of Malaysia's largest rooftop PV installation in Penang plant

GEORGE TOWN, Dec 22 -- German-based technology company Bosch has announced the completion of one of the largest rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system installation in Malaysia at its automotive electronics plant in Penang.

Bosch, in a statement today, said the new 3MWp power facility covers 24,500 square metres of rooftop space, equivalent to 3.5 FIFA standard football fields.

“In collaboration with solar energy provider Blueleaf Energy, the additional 4,500MWh energy generated (from the installed solar PV system) is estimated to reduce 3,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission a year.

“This translates into significant environmental contributions from the plant, equivalent to 1,300 Malaysian households’ yearly energy consumption or 700 cars driven annually,” it said.

It said that Bosch dedicated a rooftop area of 24,500 square metres for 7,500 solar panels where Blueleaf Energy was engaged to design and deliver the solar plant and will own and manage the PV asset. 

Greencells Energy Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of the German Greencells Group, which is a major player in future-proof green energy, also participated in the project as the Engineering, Planning and Construction contractor.

“The system is planned and operated under a Power Purchase Agreement on a self-consumption basis and creates the opportunity to export excess energy back to the grid. To date, Bosch’s installation in its automotive electronics plant is the largest solar system in Penang under the Net Energy Metering scheme,” it said.

Bosch’s Automotive Electronics Plant Technical Managing Director in Malaysia Dr Siegfried Skirl said Bosch has been taking progressive actions towards achieving carbon neutrality.

He said that it would continue to push ahead with the installation of the solar PV system in Malaysia due to its high solar irradiance throughout the year.

“We are pleased to achieve this milestone in our climate action despite the lockdowns, travel restrictions and several unprecedented challenges brought on by the pandemic,” he said, adding that 18 per cent of the plant’s energy consumption harness the sun.


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