TNB, DBKL looking into renewable energy collaboration

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KUALA LUMPUR (July 29): The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is considering the installation of solar panels on the rooftop of its buildings with the assistance of Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), in line with the Kuala Lumpur Low Carbon Society Blueprint 2030 initiative.

TNB said its wholly-owned subsidiary, TNBX Sdn Bhd, recently inked a non-binding, three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with DBKL for the potential partnership.

“If both parties agree on this collaboration, DBKL will benefit from clean electricity at zero upfront cost with TNB investing, designing and maintaining the solar photovoltaic (PV) system throughout a 20- to 25-year contract.

“DBKL will be billed for electricity generated from the solar panels at a rate that is lower than the normal TNB electricity tariff. DBKL can also sell any excess energy back to TNB under the Net Energy Metering scheme,” the national utility firm said in a statement.

TNB said the MoU was part of its initiatives for energy management in Malaysia and in support of the country’s efforts to reduce carbon emission intensity of gross domestic product by 45% by 2030.

The MoU also covers the promotion of green technology by focusing on public awareness and outreach, embarkation on industrial revolution 4.0 and smart city solutions, optimisation of asset management, and continuous research initiatives in renewable energy technology.

The agreement was signed by TNBX managing director Ir. Nirinder Singh Johl while DBKL was represented by the Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan.

Nor Hisham, in his speech, expressed confidence that the MoU had the potential to boost public awareness on green technology, especially in solar PV, towards reducing greenhouse gas emission.

"We are looking forward to the realisation of Kuala Lumpur Low Carbon Society Blueprint 2030," he said.

Meanwhile, Nirinder described the MoU as timely as it would open the doors and opportunities to TNB to reduce carbon footprint in the city via its solar solutions and energy management.

"We hope that the installation of the solar PV system will create an opportunity for Kuala Lumpur dwellers to be more open-minded on emerging technology and energy efficiency approach," he added.

TNB signed a similar MoU with the Public Works Department (PWD) in March this year.

The company targets to generate 1,700 megawatts of renewable energy by 2025 in line with the government’s target of generating 20 per cent of electricity via renewable energy sources by 2030.