KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 — As many as 396 Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) Sewage Treatment Plant sites in Peninsular Malaysia have been selected for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology Phase One as part of the company’s efforts towards more sustainable operations.
Natural Resources, Environment, and Climate Change Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said the initiative, which operates under the Self-Consumption (SelCo) model, once completed, is expected to generate 22,781 Megawatt-hours (MWh) of solar energy per year, with an estimated annual electricity saving of RM1.9 million by 2026.
“IWK is partnering with solar PV installation experts in an effort towards sustainable energy solutions.
“It has signed a renewable energy power purchase agreement (REPPA) with four companies to implement this project through several packages. The four companies will invest a total capital expenditure (CAPEX) of RM84 million for the installation (of PV) at 396 sites,” he said.
Nik Nazmi was speaking to the press after a working visit to the IWK PV solar energy initiative at IWK’s Pantai One Sewage Treatment Plant (LRK) today.
He said a detailed assessment is also being carried out for the implementation of Phase Two, involving 583 sites, which can generate 21,500 MWh of solar energy annually, contributing to an additional annual saving of RM1.8 million by 2027.
“After completing Phases One and Two, IWK expects a reduction of 34.4 kilotons of carbon dioxide equivalent (ktCO2e) in carbon emissions by 2027,” Nik Nazmi said.
Meanwhile, IWK chief executive officer Narendran Maniam said the initiative is in line with the government’s policy towards implementing the National Energy Transition Roadmap (NETR) in an effort to achieve the carbon reduction target by 2040.
There are 1,811 sites out of 8,874 sewage treatment plants, including IWK pump stations, which have the potential for solar energy use.