NS Bluescope builds its biggest solar farm in Kapar, Selangor
16 Dec 2021
NS BlueScope Malaysia has started construction of its latest and biggest solar farm which would have a capacity to power 1,678 houses with an initial investment of RM16 million.
The 33,930-square metre (sq m) NS BlueScope SunField solar farm in Kapar will have 9,629 photovoltaic panels and is estimated to be completed by May 2022.
Country president Koh Boon Hong said the solar powerhouse can generate 7,007,364 kilowatt hour (kWh) annually. NS BlueScope is a producer of coated steel.
“Tapping into the strength of steel, we are able to introduce a resilient solution that could sustain the generation of clean energy for at least 25 years,” Koh said during the NS BlueScope SunField groundbreaking ceremony today.
Koh said the solar plant will help to reduce 4,477 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually compared with using fossil fuel or the equivalent to 29,430 fewer passenger cars, or planting 42,033 trees.
He said their existing initiatives which include solar LED street lights, rainwater harvesting, wastewater treatment, regenerative thermal oxidiser (RTO). Together with the solar farm, they can collectively cut 23.9 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. Using 2018 as a baseline, this is expected to enable the company to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.
“Bigger plans are en route to bring us closer to our decarbonisation pathway, which includes the introduction of green smart office, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, water recycling, EV forklifts and many more,” he said.
NS BlueScope Malaysia is a part of BlueScope Steel Ltd Australia, one of the world’s largest manufacturers listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: BSL) for premium metallic coated and painted steel building products.
The strength of BlueScope is its global network with more than 100 facilities in 18 countries. It has a staff strength of more than 14,000 across the globe.