UTAR Switches to Solar Energy for its Kampar Campus

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Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) has entered into a 20-year rooftop solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Ditrolic Solar, a Malaysian clean energy solutions company for corporate and institutional customers in South East Asia, to deploy a 4.1 MWp on-site rooftop solar system.

Under Ditrolic Solar’s SunLease program, UTAR Kampar Campus buildings in Perak would be installed with approximately 9,000 pieces of solar modules to generate enough power for 75% of its peak power demand. Under the program, UTAR will enjoy the clean energy to be generated without any capital outlay and purchase the energy at a discount from regular TNB tariff.

Over its lifetime, the system will be able to generate about 108,142MWh of clean energy, enabling UTAR to avoid 75,699 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This initiative mooted by UTAR is part of its commitment to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations (UN).

Signing the agreement were UTAR Council Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Ting Chew Peh and Ditrolic Energy Solution Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer Tham Chee Aun while witnessing the signing agreement were Board of Trustees Datuk Lee Leck Cheng and Ditrolic Energy Solution Sdn Bhd Business Development Manager Raziah Hamdan.

Ir. Prof. Dr. Ewe Hong Tat, President of UTAR said, “Solar power is a great sustainable green energy choice, from reducing the greenhouse gases to improving our air quality and conserving our precious resources. We are thankful to have this chance to collaborate with Ditrolic which provides the capacity of no less than 4045.36kWp solar power to us to support and reduce the power consumption in UTAR. These will be placed at seven buildings and an open space at Kampar Campus. I am excited that this mutual agreement signing ceremony will promote our efforts towards a more sustainable future.”

On top of the signing of the Solar PPA, Ditrolic Solar and UTAR would also collaborate on the area of Research and Development by creating solar research systems at the campus to enable researchers and students to acquire and analyze real-life data to enable the advancement of solar system design in the tropical region.

Chief Executive Officer of Ditrolic Solar Group, Mr Tham Chee Aun said Ditrolic Solar is very honored to be able to become a clean energy partner of choice for an important higher educational institution such as UTAR.

“The signing of this agreement marks the beginning of long term cooperation between UTAR and Ditrolic Solar. We will extend this beyond supplying clean energy to UTAR and to the area of industry cooperation, research, and development as well as student internship placement and future employment. Hopefully, we can do our part to contribute towards capacity building in the clean energy sector for Malaysia.”