Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), the national utility company of Malaysia, is set to work with the Public Works Department (PWD) following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate in five areas earlier this month.
One of the areas being considered is to undertake a feasibility study on the installation of rooftop solar by TNBX Sdn Bhd, a TNB’s subsidiary, on PWD buildings under TNB Solar Energy Purchase Program. Through the MoU TNB is expected to invest, design, install and maintain the solar rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system on PWD buildings throughout a 20 to 25 year contract period. The TNB Solar Energy Purchase program would benefit PWD as it would obtain clean electricity to meet its carbon reduction target without incurring any capital and gain from immediate electricity cost reduction at minimal risk. PWD would be billed for the electricity generated from the solar PV system at a lower rate than the normal TNB electricity tariff, aside from being able to sell back to TNB any excess Energy generated from the system under the Net Energy Metering scheme.
The non-binding, non-exclusive three-year MoU was signed by TNBX Managing Director Ir. Nirinder Singh Johl, and the Deputy Director General (Specialist Sector) of PWD Ir. Kamaluddin Abdul Rashid. The four other areas covered in the MoU are Promotion of Green Technology by focusing on joint intentions in public awareness and outreach; Smart Nation by embarking on Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0) smart city solutions; Precision Operation by optimizing asset management; and Research Excellence by conducting continuous research initiatives in renewable Energy technology.
(Sources: The Sun Daily; BERNAMA; TNB)