Coara Solar launches solar photovoltaic plant in Marang
26 Oct 2022
Coara Solar Sdn Bhd has launched its solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant, one of the largest solar plants in Malaysia, here on Wednesday (Oct 26).
Coara Solar Sdn Bhd’s executive director Susan Hemming said the RM400 million Coara Marang solar project was jointly developed alongside its German business partner, ib vogt GmbH, at a 245-hectare site in Marang, Terengganu.
“The solar plant construction started in February 2021 and finished in April 2022, reaching commercial operations on Sept 17, 2022.
“The plant will achieve maximum energy production efficiency [of] up to 116 megawatts, with an estimated delivery of 230 gigawatts clean energy per year or equivalent to an average yearly consumption of 55,000 households,” she said during the launching ceremony of the project’s commercial operations.
Hemming said the energy production from the solar farm will help improve environmental sustainability by reducing emissions of up to 12,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
“We are pleased to be able to contribute positively towards Malaysia’s climate change agenda in generating clean and sustainable energy without producing greenhouse gas emissions, while reducing air pollution,” she said.
Meanwhile, chairman of the infrastructure, public amenities, utility and green technology committee for the Terengganu state government Dr Mamad Puteh said the state government continues to support such initiatives which contribute to the empowerment and consumption of green technology.
“The Coara Marang solar project represents part of the Malaysian government’s effort to achieve 31% capacity in renewable energy by 2025, about 25% of which has been achieved,” he said.
Additionally, the solar farm construction has provided close to 500 employment opportunities to locals in Marang.