Scatec Solar entered the Malaysian large-scale solar energy market by joining forces with a local ITRAMAS‑led consortium that had signed three 21-year Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with the country's largest electricity utility, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).
The three solar plants totaling 197 MWp with an investment of about MYR 1,235 million (USD 293 million). Located in Merchang in the north-east, Jasin in the south and Gurun in the north-west of Peninsular Malaysia, the three power plants cover more than 180 acres each.
The large size of the supply as well as the technical challenges involved in connecting the plants into the grid have been key points in the selection of GPTech as provider. GPTech has an extensive experience as energy integration technologist, working in complex environments located in Asia, Africa or LATAM regions.
The supplied equipment is in charge of the whole process of management and conversion of the energy generated by the photovoltaic panels, as well as its injection into the electricity distribution network. The solutions cover the most complex and delicate stages in the power generation processes chain.
Proposed equipment belongs to the WD3 platform family of inverters. They are one the largest supplied to date, with a conversion capacity of 3800KVA per unit, working under the new voltage standard of 1500Vdc.
The provided Power Plant Control technology is fully developed by GPTech. This is a critical component for the operation of the PV plants, since it provides the system the functional stability that will allow its integration into the Malaysian energy system.
This agreement reinforces the business strategy regarding renewable SmartPV, mainly focused on projects that require a high technical expertise.
The 197 MWp under development will equal the electricity supply of approximately 25,000 homes, reducing the emission in 210,000 Tm of CO2 per year.