Malaysian utility Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has completed more than 50% of its 50MW solar PV project in Selangor, on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, having started construction in July last year.

According to TNB’s vice president, Energy Business, Dato ‘Nor Azman Mufti, construction of a 132kV substation and control room is also underway.

“The installation of solar panels of more than 238,000 units is in full swing,” he said. “We are confident this project can achieve the targeted commercial operation date targets on November 1, 2018.”

The project was developed by TNB subsidiary, TNB Sepang Solar Sdn Bhd (TSS) across 98 hectares in Mukim Tanjung, Selangor. EPC services are being provided by TNB Engineering Corporation Sdn Bhd. A 21-year solar power purchase agreement (PPA) for the project wa signed last March between TNB and TSS.

According to a filing on Bursa Malaysia, TNB has also now signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) for a 30MW(AC) project developed by TNB Bukit Selambau Solar located at Kuala Muda, Kedah, which is due to come online on 31 December 2020, and another 29.9MW(AC) project from RE Gebeng located at Kuantan, Pahang, which is due to come online on 3 February 2020.

Both projects were won in the LSS auction held in Q1 last year.

The Energy Commission of Malaysia (EC) awarded roughly 563MWac of capacity in its second LSS auction last December.

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