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65 MW project connects to the grid in Malaysia

Scatec Solar today announced that it has connected the 65 MW Jasin Solar Plant, located in the south west of peninsular Malaysia, to the country’s grid.

The project is the second undertaken by the Norwegian developer as part of an agreement signed in December 2016 for three PV projects spread across the south east Asian nation, totalling 197 MW. The projects are being developed as part of a consortium led by local engineering firm ITRAMAS, and will produce electricity for Malaysia’s grid under a 21-year PPA with utility Tenaga Nasional Berhad.

Total investment for the three projects was around MYR 1,235 million ($296 million), the bulk of which was raised by a MYR 1,000 million green bond issued by Scatec Solar in October 2017. Scatec Solar itself invested MYR 251 million in the projects through preferential shares partly convertible to 49% equity ownership. The company will also provide operations & maintenance services to all three projects.

The first of the three projects, the Gurun Plant located in the northwest of the Malaysian Peninsular reached commercial operations back in January, and Scatec has also closed financing for a further 47 MW project, as part of a consortium with United States/Malaysia based asset management firm Fumase. The completion of the Jasin project brings Scatec Solar’s global PV project portfolio to 714 MW in operation and a further 941 MW under construction.

Malaysia has set itself a target of generating 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2050, and recently launched the third round of its Large Scale Solar tender program, in which it expects to allocate 500 MW of new PV projects.

Source: pv magazine