Former landfills for solar farms – MB

By Alvin Yap
SHAH ALAM: Selangor aims to lease out two former landfills to green-energy producers to build solar-panel farms.

“Once the landfill is fully ready, we will lease out the area to high-tech companies to place as many solar panels as they want,” said Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim at a post-state executive committee press conference hereon Tuesday.

The Menteri Besar said the opening up of former landfills – which cannot be inhabited for at least 20 years – will be used to attract high-tech companies to invest in green-energy generation.

He said the project is slated to have an investment value of at least RM1.5 billion, and will also contribute to job creation in the sector.

One location, a former 28-hectare landfill at Ayer Hitam, Puchong, will be leased out for private companies to build solar-panel farms.

The renewable energy power will be sold to Tenaga Nasional Berhad as part of the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT).

Selangor’s location, Khalid said, has more clear and sunny days compared withother states in the country for solar panels to capture sunlight. According to state executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar, Malaysia must reduce its carbon emissions as it is a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol, or risk facing penalties for non-compliance.

“Selangor wants to be a key player in the country to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” he added.

Dr Xavier also said there will be an open process for interested high-tech companies to bid for land parcels at the former landfills.

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