Large Scale Solar Farm
Construction & Commissioning
Large Scale Solar – or better known as solar farms – is essentially the large-scale application of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in a contained area so that electricity (ranging from hundreds of kilowatts to thousands of megawatts) can be generated for use.
Overview of Large Scale Solar Farms (LSS) in Malaysia
In 2019, Malaysia registered an installed capacity of solar energy of 882MW, and is forecasted to reach 4GW by 2030. An accumulation of such energy capacity is largely represented by solar farms – large scale solar power plants, a growing amenity globally as an alternative source of electricity generation and renewable energy. The possibilities of expanding such large-scale solar farms are vast and far-reaching, with many studies exploring its feasibility to host a large portion of residential and commercial consumption.
Within Malaysia, the government has undoubtedly recognised the potential of large-scale solar farm (LSS) projects in supporting the national electricity grid, on top of its contribution as an environment-friendly source of energy. In line with that, it has – through the Energy Commission Malaysia (EC) – rolled out a large-scale solar (LSS) programme that lets you generate your own electricity (capped between an installable capacity ranging 1MW to <50 MW) from the solar farm, and then sell it to the TNB grid.
Types of Solar Farm in Malaysia
A solar farm is large collection of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels that absorb energy from the sun, convert it into electricity and send that electricity to the power grid for distribution and consumption by customers across the nation. Most solar farms are usually mounted to the ground instead of rooftop.
Large scale solar farms are majorly utilised in two ways based on their consumers; a utility-scale solar farm, or solar power plant which harnesses solar energy to be sold to wholesale power providers, or directly owned by a utility company.
Solar farm panels are typically different, they are bifacial which means that the solar farm panels can absorb the sunlight from the top and bottom surface of the solar panel. This is intended to maximize the total energy generation of the solar farm and the return on investment. New Solar Farm panels have even higher capacity and increase efficiency for the same reason of maximizing the absorption of sunlight and solar farm returns.
With much potential on its development and advancements, large-scale solar projects have been and are currently being built across the country, propelled by government incentives on tariffs and trade schemes as well as hefty investments by those looking for more sustainable sources of energy in the midst of climate change concerns.
The Malaysian government has also provided financial incentives to encourage the building and installation of large-scale solar powered farms via various schemes. The Large Scale Solar (LSS) scheme is a prime example, regulated by the Energy Commission and offering large-scale solar farm owners the opportunity to sell generated electricity back to the national TNB grid for a period of 21 years. Other schemes and programmes that are broad incentives for renewable energy utilisation include the Net Energy Metering (NEM) scheme, Self-Consumption (SELCO), the Supply Agreement of Renewable Energy (SARE) and the Green Income Tax Exemption (GITE) – all driven to benefit the economy, creating a spill over effect on multiple sectors in their approach towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly business practices.
Benefits of Large Scale Solar Farms (LSS)
The overreaching benefit for large-scale solar farms is that it ultimately increases the clean energy supply and consumption of renewable power and energy – the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by far is the ultimate goal of its development. Solar technology is proven to generate little to no carbon emissions, with significantly lower emissions intensity levels than fossil fuel utility.
Progressture Solar’s mission is to ensure we provide quality consultation and project development for large-scale solar systems, stretching the benefits of solar power to as many stakeholders while reducing environmental degradation. The small part we play in the complicated web of climate mitigation still holds a large responsibility on our shoulders to provide organizations with clarity, transparency, and the best possible solutions on the path towards sustainable green energy. As Malaysia is a country diverse in its geographical and ecological landscape, it is thus important to consider various angles when planning your placement of a large-scale solar farm systems.
Large Scale Solar (LSS)
Scope of Work by Progressture Solar
As you can imagine, the construction of an LSS comes with its own set of challenges; it requires not just expertise, but also the careful touch of craftsmanship to deliver the most optimal output and return on investment for land owners and our clients, whilst maintaining the safety and reliability through the lifecycle of the large-scale solar farm projects – from planning, commissioning and operationalisation.
Our team has both the required capability and capacity as a renewable energy developer to lead and carry projects through, offering end-to-end services under one roof. Our services include (but are not limited to):
Consultation and Project Development
Financing and investment
Design and engineering
Maintenance and operational support
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