Chinese manufacturer Yingli Solar has supplied modules to what is being billed as one of the first large-scale PV projects to be built in East Malaysia.
The 1MW plant, which was commissioned earlier this month, was developed by local firm Cahaya Metro, in the state of Sabah on the island of Borneo.
Yingli supplied 4,000 of its 60-cell multucrystalline modules for the project, which will supply power to the Borneo grid.
Malaysia is beginning to see solar development gather pace, stimulated by a feed-in tariff programme. This operates on a rolling quota system, under which batches of a pre-determined total capacity are released for applications every few months. According to the latest official figures, just over 250MW of solar PV projects of various sizes have been awarded the FiT.
“We are witnessing sustainable growth on the island of Borneo, particularly in Sabah where there are plans to make PV a pillar of the state's energy mix. We anticipate continued solar power plant development across the region,” said Ms. Angie Koh, managing sirector of Yingli Singapore.
According to Yingli Solar, the power plant in East Malaysia will generate 1.5 million kWh of power annually.