Launched in early March this year, Proton’s solar power plant has been launched at its Tanjung Malim manufacturing facility with the goal of saving money from its utility costs as well as reducing CO2 emissions by 11,536 tons per year.
Now, the national carmaker has released a short video depicting the early stages of construction of a solar power collection setup, located on top of the property’s 23.4-acre motor pool carpark that consists of 2,880 parking spaces. As described in the video, a total of 441 km of DC cabling was used for motor pool carpark and rooftop solar panel arrays.
The motor pool carpark is covered by 20,544 two-way solar panels, hence the name for their design that enables the setup to collect solar energy from sunlight above, as well as solar energy reflected from the ground and cars parked below. It, in addition to providing shelter for cars.
The solar panel facility can generate up to 9 MWp (megawatt-peak) of electricity and save the car manufacturer up to RM4.39 million in annual energy costs.
This is complemented by a further 3 MWp from the roof-mounted solar panel above the main factory building, which contributes an additional RM1.46 million to the savings, Proton said. The setup was launched and built by Pekat Group and its partner, MFP Solar.
Proton’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality began in 2015 with Green Wheel and Green Policy, a five-stage plan consisting of data collection and analysis, energy efficiency projects, waste and water management, and a fourth, solar energy initiative.
The fifth and final step, Proton said, is to digitize all of Proton’s energy data so that Proton’s energy managers have energy cost forecasting and prescriptive measures to reduce energy costs at all of the company’s plant and office facilities.
Gallery: Proton two-way solar power facility, Tanjong Malim