TNB aims to increase customers via SARE, NEM schemes

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KUANTAN (Dec 20): Tenaga Nasional Bhd is targetting to increase the number of customers next year through the implementation of the Net Energy Metering (NEM) and the Supply Agreement for Renewable Energy (SARE) schemes via its wholly-owned subsidiaries TNBX Sdn Bhd and G-Sparx Sdn Bhd.

TNBX Sdn Bhd Senior Manager (New Product Development) Dr Aznan Ezraie Ariffin said the increase was expected, following the various opportunities and incentives offered to customers under these schemes.

“As at August 2018, there are 230 residences, 83 commercial buildings and 39 industry players benefiting from the NEM implementation, which began in early 2017.

“We expect many more parties, especially industrial customers, will take advantage of the opportunities offered as the schemes will benefit both TNB and customers,” he said.

Aznan Ezraie was speaking to reporters after the launch of the Renewable Energy Seminar organised by TNB Pahang and the state government, which was officiated by State Science, Technology, Green Technology, Communications and Multimedia Committee Chairman Datuk Mohammad Fakhruddin Mohd Ariff, here today.

Aznan said the schemes would also expand the use of green technology in TNBX’s operations because solar power was environmentally friendly, and has lower operational and maintenance costs in the long term.

“Apart from this, the use of green technology can generate side income by reselling excess solar-generated power back to us,” he said.

Meanwhile, Aznan Ezraie said TNB was in the midst of planning to expand the SARE scheme to individual users and and was optimistic of achieving the 20 per cent target for renewable energy by 2025. — Bernama