The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Ku­dat’s 2MW so­lar gen­er­a­tor com­mences op­er­a­tion


KU­DAT: The first phase of the 2 megawatt (MW) so­lar power gen­er­a­tion project in Lau­san near here, has been fully com­pleted and starts op­er­at­ing yes­ter­day.

En­ergy, Green Technology and Wa­ter Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Max­imus Ongk­ili said the 2MW So­lar Power Plant was part of 50MW be­ing im­ple­mented in the area sit­u­ated 190 kilo­me­tres from Kota Kin­a­balu.

“The bal­ance of 48MW is tar­geted to achieve com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion date (COD) early next year,” he told re­porters af­ter launch­ing the Lau­san so­lar power plant yes­ter­day.

The 2MW so­lar en­ergy de­vel­oped by Tadau En­ergy Sdn Bhd will be chan­neled to the Ku­dat Grid while the re­main­ing 48MW will be in­jected into the trans­mis­sion line for dis­tri­bu­tion through­out Sabah.

Ongk­ili said the district of Ku­dat lo­cated in north­ern Sabah was an ideal re­new­able en­ergy cen­tre as the area re­ceived the most­sun­shine.

He said be­sides the de­vel­op­ment of so­lar en­ergy, the min­istry would de­velop wind en­ergy in Ku­dat.

“Ku­dat also has high po­ten­tial for wind en­ergy de­vel­op­ment and can pos­si­bly gen­er­ate over 300MW. But a de­tailed study on the project needs to be done be­fore it can be im­ple­mented,” he said.

Ongk­ili said the min­istry also pro­posed to make Ku­dat a re­search cen­tre for re­new­able en­ergy, namely so­lar and wind.

“I will raise this mat­ter in the dis­cus­sions with ASEAN min­is­ters this month in Manila. We al­ready had some dis­cus­sion about it with the pri­vate sec­tor.

“This is a very good de­vel­op­ment in re­new­able en­ergy in Malaysia and it also shows the ma­jor role Sabah plays in the de­vel­op­ment of the sec­tor in the coun­try,” he said. - Ber­nama

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