Lithuanian-design solar batteries to contribute to combatting climate change in Malaysia2015-11-26
UAB BOD Group was successful in the call for tenders, announced by the Ministry of Environment, and targeting projects on sharing of the Lithuanian experience with the developing countries in the use of technologies relying on the renewable energy sources. The company agreed, relying on both support and own funding, to design and assemble a solar power plant in Malaysia, and to share the Lithuanian experience with Malaysia, when it comes to the renewable energy sources.
As Kęstutis Trečiokas, Minister of Environment, puts it, “this happens to be the first-ever bilateral project involving Lithuania, a developed Member State of the EU, expected to offer a direct contribution to the welfare of another country combating the climate change. We have previously contributed approx. EUR 200,000 for a number of international foundations, targeting combatting climate change, while the bilateral project in question, relying on our support, will benefit the people of Malaysia and encourage development of an environmentally friendly energy sector in Malaysia. The project further represents both a support and an incentive for our businesses, since a Lithuanian company has now been granted an opportunity to grow in new markets and introduce Lithuania as a country manufacturing advanced technologies of renewable energy sources”.
In 2014, the Ministry of Environment published a call for tenders concerning projects dedicated to sharing of the Lithuanian experience with the developing countries when it comes to using the technologies relying on the renewable energy sources. UAB BOD Group turned successful at this call, and benefitted from a support of EUR 145,000, since the company has experience implementing diverse photoelectric projects, and is engaged in research, and production of both solar elements, and modules. Based on the support, and own funding, the company expects to design and assemble a 60 kW solar power plant in Malaysia. Total value of the project exceeds EUR 200,000.
The solar power plant is expected to have 2 parts; these will be installed on different sites, i.e. in the building of Sultan Idris University and the bulk cargo port. Each part shall include different modules. Having at least 4 different variations available will allow observation of the power plant operation under various conditions and demonstrate any changes in its performance.
In the words of the Minister of Environment, speaking on the advantages offered by the project, “Sultan Idris University will be the major beneficiary of the project, once its completed. The project therefore will contribute to the international cooperation between our countries; it will further enhance development of research and innovations. The project will enable the university to generate the green energy independently, and to use it depending on its own needs. The university students will also have an opportunity to discover the basic operating principles of a solar power plant, and to apply this knowledge in their own research”.
According to Mr Trečiokas, the above project is to serve as an example of the Lithuania’s progress in the production of technologies relying on the renewable energy sources, to open new windows of opportunity to our companies for project development not only in Malaysia, but throughout the South-East Asia, and to demonstrate our eagerness to export the technologies in question. The project further marks a key step in preparation to the upcoming UN general climate change conference in Paris, which is expected to reach an international global agreement on the climate change.
In 2009, the heads of the developed countries, Lithuania included, met in Lithuania and agreed to lend support to the developing countries combating the climate change. Total commitments in the period to 2020 for combatting climate change reach USD 100 billion. In the first period of 2010 to 2012, the EU extended EUR 7.34 billion to combat the climate change, while in 2013, the EU and its Member States have granted EUR 9.5 billion, and in 2014, it has extended EUR 14.5 billion.
Since 2011, Lithuania has extended financial aid to the developing countries in the field of mitigation and adaptation to the climate change. In the period of 2011 to 2014, based on the funding of the special programme on the climate change at the Ministry of Environment, Lithuania has contributed approx. EUR 200,000 to combatting the climate change to a number of international foundations, implementing projects in the field of mitigation and adaptation to the climate change.