Malaysia’s largest renewable energy power plant at Bukit Tagar Enviro Park (BTEP), Hulu Selangor, Selangor with a capacity of 12 MW has commenced operations. The Waste to Energy (WtE) plant is one of the means for treating solid waste while producing new renewable energy.
Bukit Tagar Enviro Park can convert methane gas from solid waste into renewable energy, channeling about 339 million kWh of electricity to the national grid.
Minister of Local Government Development Nga Kor Ming said that Bukit Tagar Enviro Park is the largest power generation plant using landfill gas in the country.
"This energy production can reduce 2.7 million tonnes of carbon under the Clean Development Mechanism, equivalent to planting 43.6 million trees over ten years, reducing the consumption of 296 million liters of petrol and reducing 570,000 driven vehicles in a year,” he said in a statement druing his visit to inaugurate the power plant.
Bukit Tagar Enviro Park is an initiative by the Ministry of Local Government Development (KPKT) through the National Solid Waste Management Department (JPSPN) and Berjaya Enviro Parks Sdn Bhd (BEPSB) to ensure a more sustainable solid waste management system in Malaysia.
Nga said the initiative is in line with the country’s target of achieving 40% renewable energy contribution to national power generation by 2035, of which solid waste is one of the contributors to the goal by WtE technology.
He added that the 12MW renewables power plant is also in line with the government’s policy through KPKT to develop at least one WtE-concept solid waste management facility in each state in the country.
New plans related to circular economy implementation, technology empowerment, WtE development and solid waste management facilities will continue to be implemented to ensure the preservation of the environment.