PV module manufacturer Wuxi Suntech will give solar panels to a 7.5MW off-grid installation in order to power rural schools and villages in Malaysia.
The move is part of a new initiative from Malaysia’s Ministry of Rural and Regional Development – the Rural Solar Hybrid Electricity Project for Villages and Schools in the Interior.
The project is expected to be constructed in various phases until final completion in 2017. The first phase will generate 960kW of energy for three schools and 20 surrounding villages. The project will be comprised of Suntech’s VDE Quality Tested modules.
Samuel Zhang, sales director for APMEA & China at Wuxi Suntech, said: “We have been working diligently with our partners Helios Photovoltaics and the Malaysian government for several years to launch this revolutionary project. We're using diesel generators and German battery packs to backup Suntech's best in class PV Modules in this system. Many locations in the region are only accessible via boat or helicopter and have previously been left to rely on diesel generation for power. These new micro-grid systems will help to significantly reduce diesel costs and cut 10,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year, providing clean, reliable energy for the schools and villages in Sarawak. We are extremely proud of our work with Helios and the Malaysian Government that has enabled us to bring this project to fruition.”