KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas’s solar photovoltaic (PV) project on Suria KLCC shopping mall’s rooftop emerged as first runner-up in the commercial based on-grid category of the Asean Energy Award 2013.

The project, Petronas’s first venture into renewable energy, uses six different types of solar technologies with the objective of studying and identifying a solar technology that best suits Malaysia’s climate.

The installation of the PV provides vital data and information on its applications and performance in the country’s climatic conditions. The 685 kilowatt peak system installed on the 9,000sqm rooftop is able to generate power capacity up to 600MW hours per year. This is equivalent to generating clean energy for 250 typical Malaysian households annually with an average consumption of 50,000kW hours each month.

The clean energy generated from the system currently supplies 30%of Suria KLCC’s energy requirement. It also contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emission by approximately 360 tonnes carbon dioxide annually.

The award was presented by Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia, at the 31st Asean Minister of Energy Meeting (AMEM) held in Bali, Indonesia on Sept 25.

Project leader, Md Shah Mahmood, head of project studies at Petronas technology and engineering division, accepted the award.

The winner of the award was the Sathingphra District in Songkla Province, Thailand for its electricity-generating wind turbine project.

The Asean Energy Award 2013 received 18 participations. The annual competition, started in 2000, is organised by the Asean Centre for Energy (ACE) to recognise outstanding works in the areas of renewable energy development namely hydro, wind, biomass, geothermal and solar, as well as best practices that contribute to energy efficiency in the region – Bernama