Petronas Solar PV wins Asean award
Petronas' first solar photovoltaic (PV) project emerged as first runner-up in the Commercial Based On-Grid Category of the Asean Energy Award 2013, which was won by Sathingphra District in Songkla Province, Thailand for its electricity-generating wind turbine project.
The PV project, installed on the Suria KLCC shopping mall rooftop, was Petronas' first venture into renewable energy, and used six different solar technologies.
In a statement today, the national oil firm said the project aimed to study and identify a solar technology that applies well with Malaysia’s climate.
The annual Asean Energy Award, incepted in 2000, is organised by the Asean Centre for Energy to recognise outstanding work in renewable energy development -- hydro, wind, biomass, geothermal and solar -- and this year received 18 entries.
Chief executive officer of the Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA) who was also present at the award ceremony, Datin Badriyah Abd Malek, lauded Petronas’ venture into renewable energy.
"We hope to see more corporations in the country participate in the development of renewable energy and contribute to the country’s energy sustainability," she added.-- Bernama