The three solar plants being constructed in Malaysia by Scatec Solar are located in Merchang in the north-east, Jasin in the south, and Gurun in the north-west of the country, and have a total combined capacity of 197 MW.
Total investment is estimated at 1,235 million ($293 million) and each individual solar farm covers around 180 acres. The 197 MW of PV under development will approximately equal the electricity supply of some 25,000 local households, Scatec Solar calculates.
The technical challenge involved in connecting these plants to the grid, alongside the simple volumes involved, was one of the key reasons for the selection of GPTech’s central inverter technology, the developer said. The Spanish firm has extensive experience in energy generation under its belt from a number of rural regions in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
GPTech will ship its of IS3800WD central inverters to the three solar farms. These units are some of the largest central inverters supplied to date, with a conversion rate of 3800KVA per unit, and operating at 1,500Vdc.
GPTech will also supply the power plant control technology that will manage grid integration into the Malaysian energy system.