INSTEP Supports New Energy Transition through Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project in Collaboration with Gentari


INSTEP Supports New Energy Transition through Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project in Collaboration with Gentari

Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) has been active in promoting sustainability among its employees in endorsing support for PETRONAS’ sustainable aspiration, including the recent launch of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) project in collaboration with Gentari, the clean energy solutions entity owned by PETRONAS. The project started producing electricity in December last year and is anticipated to power up to 1 Megawatt (MW) of full capacity generation.

The 1.4MWp system is expected to generate 1,927.240 Megawatt Hour (MWh) of clean energy per annum, which amounts close to 30% of INSTEP’s overall energy requirement, effectively reducing 1285.47 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually.

For further research and application purposes, INSTEP’s Solar PV 1 and 2 Project will furnish Gentari with valuable data and insights regarding its effectiveness and performance in Malaysia’s tropical environment. INSTEP has installed solar panels on the rooftops of several of its facilities, including academic and office buildings.

The Commercial Operation Launch event was hosted by the Gentari team at INSTEP on August 24, 2023, with the presence of Gentari’s Head of Renewable Energy (Malaysia and Southeast Asia), Mr Sy Malek Faisal Sy Mohamad, to officiate the ceremony. The event also served as an expression of gratitude to the project team from the Campus Asset Management Department at INSTEP, marked by a Focused Recognition presentation by the Gentari team. To add to the enjoyment of the event, a special electric vehicle (EV) was brought for test-drives.

INSTEP, as the technical training arm of PETRONAS, exemplifies its dedication to delivering excellence in learning experiences by demonstrating its involvement in the solar PV project. The installation of a 5 (kilowatt) kW Solar Rooftop Photovoltaic (PV) system at the INSTEP Training Facility has been carried out by Gentari for educational purposes, including research, data analysis, and training activities.

In addition to that, INSTEP also provides a ground-mounted Solar PV facility under the Electrical Maintenance Workshop to upskill the technical workforce in supporting the energy transition to cleaner energy solutions.

“With achieving net zero carbon emission as our ultimate goal, the progress towards undergoing a just energy transition is also crucial. In PETRONAS’ transition to renewable energy and lower carbon businesses, INSTEP plays the role in retooling human capital equation through the delivery of sustainable technical learning solutions, to upskill and reskill our current and future workforces to help them adapt to new technologies and processes to develop new energy solutions,” Mr. Idris b Ibrahim, INSTEP Chief Executive Officer commented during the event.

Adding this project to INSTEP’s sustainability commitments, several of INSTEP’s own sustainable initiatives include rainwater harvesting for internal use, a food composter to recycle food waste into fertilizers, and the installation of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting and high mast lighting to reduce energy consumption.

As part of MFT 50:30:0, INSTEP places a high priority on sustainable growth to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The launch of this project serves the purpose of supporting INSTEP’s role in becoming an active participant in the transition to cleaner energy sources.