Gading Kencana Sdn Bhd has been active in the Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) sector for more than 15 years. The company has successfully implemented landmark solar photovoltaic (PV) projects such as the first rooftop solar PV system at a hypermarket (TESCO Kulim), the solar PV and EE concept solar rooftop construction of 546kW at Bosch factory, Penang, the 2MW integrated solar PV system for PEPS-JV plant at Batang Kali (replacing the metal deck roof material with solar PV panels).
Gading Kencana has also under its trademark Sun2Cash® program, installed more than 250 solar PV systems for business premises and homes. Its latest pride is the development and construction of its own 8 MW solar farm; “Kompleks Hijau Solar” in Bandar Hijau Malacca.
The SURIAKU PROGRAMME put forward by the company to the Solar Working Group under the purview of Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) was to negate the idea that solar PV systems under the Feed-in-Tariff mechanism are only meant for those with income of more than RM10,000 per month. Hence, the SURIAKU program has enabled the poor to be part of the Malaysian Government’s ETP through ownership of solar PV systems which could generate additional income for their households.
By 16th June 2015 Gading Kencana has completed the construction of 5 solar PV systems for initial 20 homes under the pilot project. By end of September 2015 all 20 systems will be completed and handed over to the programme recipients. The pilot project is one of Gading Kencana’s CSR programmes whereby 50% will be contributed by NCIA. The average income to the poor household through this programme is about RM600 per month. This amount is comparatively high as the homes are located in state of Perlis which records higher sun irradiance than homes in the Southern part of the country.
Prior to the construction stage of the SURIAKU programme, Gading Kencana has trained 2 batches of local youths to prepare them as manpower for the solar PV industry.
Consistent Income for the Mosque
In 2014, 8 mosques in Johor Bahru have been equipped with the solar panel PV systems on the rooftop ranging from 8kWp until 12kWp through the cooperation between Gading Kencana Sdn Bhd and the Parliamentary Constituency of Johor Bahru. This program helps in creating new job opportunity for small time contractors for the installation at these 8 mosques.
From the success of implementing this pilot project in Johor, the company moved on to implement the same programme in Alor Setar, Kedah.The objectives of this programme are:
Once the solar panel starts to generate energy from the sun, the mosque will earn RM2,370.00 per month on average for the whole 21 years. Income received is comparatively high as the mosque are located in state of Kedah; which records higher sun irradiance than mosque in the Southern part of the country.
The mosque will contribute 0.4% towards achieving the Government’s target in EPP10, as well as reducing the carbon emission by 971 tonnes per mosque.