Malaysian utility firm Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has partnered with Perak state government to drive large-scale renewable energy (RE) initiatives.

TNB said in a statement on Thursday that the firm is in another significant step to drive large-scale RE in line with the country’s National Energy Transition Roadmap (NETR).

It said the firm is cooperating with the state government of Perak to explore the vast potential of floating solar systems in the vicinity of the Sungai Perak hydroelectric scheme, dam and reservoir.

In a parallel effort under NETR’s Centralized Solar Park project, TNB is teaming up with Perak government-linked company, Majuperak Holdings Berhad (MHB) to develop a substantial 100-Megawatt (MW) ground mounted solar project in Perak.

In the first strategic partnership, TNB through its wholly owned subsidiary, TNB Power Generation Sdn Bhd (TNB Genco) is collaborating with Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak (PKNPk).

The second partnership is between TNB’s wholly owned subsidiary, TNB Renewables Sdn Bhd (TRe) and MHB.

These initiatives reflect a collective commitment to expedite Malaysia’s transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy sources, aligned with NETR’s objectives.

“These visionary endeavors are aligned with the NETR aimed at propelling Malaysia into a future marked by cleaner and more sustainable energy sources,

“The strategic partnerships with the Perak state government entities signify a collective commitment to expedite the transition to environmentally friendly energy,” TNB President and Chief Executive Officer Ir. Baharin Din said.

According to the statement, the collaborations were formalized through the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoUs) during The Energy Transition Conference 2023 held last August, with each geared towards enhancing Malaysia’s renewable energy portfolio and concurrently reducing its carbon emissions.

On the TNB Genco-PKNPk collaboration, Baharin said that this pioneering initiative is poised to redefine energy generation as both parties will embark on an extensive feasibility study for the development of floating solar photovoltaic (FSPV) systems.

“The two-year timeline for this comprehensive study underscores TNB Genco and PKNPk’s strong determination to the realms of RE and environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters,

“By harnessing the power of hybrid technologies, specifically hydro and FSPV, our objective is to support the country’s RE targets by efficiently utilising land and existing bodies of water,” he added.

As for the TRe-MHB partnership, he said that Perak has been identified as one of the potential states for this development, with MHB entrusted as the state entity for this initiative.

“The signing of the MoU demonstrates the unwavering commitment of both parties to explore the possibilities of ground mounted and floating solar development in Perak,” he added.

He also said TRe is set to develop a substantial 100 MW ground-mounted solar project across five sites in several states under NETR’s Centralised Solar Park project.

The project will be co-owned by TRe as the master developer together with Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and state agencies, according to him.

According to the statement, TNB’s strategic partnerships also reflect its dedication to transforming Malaysia’s energy landscape, advancing renewable energy, and contributing to a greener and more sustainable future.

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