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Trina Solar Co., Ltd., one of the world’s leading solar solutions providers, announced that it has secured the 50 MWac (71 MWdc) Floating Solar Photovoltaic (FPV) project in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, in the auction held by Sarawak Energy Berhad, a vertically integrated power utility in Sarawak and also Malaysia’s largest renewable energy provider. This will be the first large-scale FPV project to be built in Sarawak.
Located at the Batang Ai Hydroelectric Plant, this project will be built on the Plant’s reservoir surface of 191.12 Ha. The electricity generated from this solar project will see an increase in alternative renewables source in Sarawak’s energy generation portfolio.
This project plans to use an N-type bi-facial high-efficiency PV module together with a string inverter solution, to improve system performance efficiency, and reduce the project’s Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE). In addition to the building of the FPV system, Trina Solar’s scope of work includes the assembling of the MV power system, upgrading the High-Voltage substation, and operation and maintenance services. The FPV system will be integrated with Batang Ai’s Hydroelectric Plant which creates value through the hybridization of renewable technologies and optimisation of grid connection.
“We are looking forward to working with Sarawak Energy on this significant project that supports renewable energy development in Sarawak which the State is already at the forefront. Trina Solar strives to support this nation in accelerating the green energy transition from project development to providing operations and maintenance services. We continue to strengthen our position in Malaysia to contribute to the decarbonization of the country’s energy systems through utilising better solutions and services,” said Mr Linhui Sui, President of Trina Solar ISBU.
Since 2016, Malaysia embarked on a number of Large-Scale Solar (LSS) Programmes and awarded totalling 2.4GW capacity for PV projects. After the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), Malaysia plans to increase the share of renewable energy (RE) in its generation mix to 31% in 2025 and 40% in 2035 respectively.