HM inaugurates Tenaga Suria Brunei

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HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam made a trip to the Belait District yesterday morning to officially inaugurate the Tenaga Suria Brunei Photovoltaic Power Generation Demonstration Project's Plant (TSB), a solar plant in Seria which began its test run on supplying power to residents in the area last May.

His Majesty was greeted by Energy Minister Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Paduka Hj Mohd Yasmin Hj Umar, and Chairman and CEO of Mitsubishi Corporation Ken Kobayashi.

In his welcoming address, Kobayashi extended his gratitude to His Majesty and the people of Brunei for lending their helping hands to Japan during the earthquake and tsunami back in March, especially the Brunei government, which responded immediately by supplying emergency fuel to the country.

Kobayashi added that the help from the Brunei government reaffirms the "strong and solid" bonds of friendship between the two countries.

Citing Mitsubishi's corporate mission to give back to local communities where they do business, Kobayashi commented that the TSB project, which is fully funded by Mitsubishi Corporation, is but one example of how the company contributes to the local community.

During the ceremony, the Mitsubishi President and CEO also presented 100 solar panels to His Majesty as a symbol of support to the Sultanate's effort in promoting renewable energy. After the inauguration ceremony, His Majesty visited the exhibitions and experiment projects prepared by the Energy Clubs of schools in the Sultanate on their efforts in promoting the use of green alternative energies.

His Majesty then inspected the solar panels installed in the plants whereby he was given introduction by students on the differences on the various types of solar panels.

After inspecting the solar plant, His Majesty then proceeded to visit the Department of Electrical Services' new Seria office building, before making his departure back to the capital.

The TSB is the largest solar power demonstration plant in Southeast Asia, and apart from being tasked to identify the most suitable photovoltaic (PV) technology for the local weather conditions, the project will also serve to provide training to locals on operating and maintaining a solar plant.

The project also aims to increase public awareness on the potential of solar as a source of clean and renewable energy by way of holding seminars and technical presentations.

Construction of the solar plant commenced in August 2009, and the system was connected to the national grid on May 12 last year, marking the first introduction of renewable energy being connected to the national power grid.

The construction was completed on July 31, 2010, and was officially handed over to the Brunei government on October 27, 2010.

The TSB currently provides sufficient power for about 200 homes, generating some 1,344 megawatt-hours of electricity per year. Each year, the solar plant is expected to save some 340,000 litres of crude oil and reduce carbon dioxide emission by 960 tonnes, representing the CO2 absorption power of approximately 260 hectares of forest.

The Brunei Times