THE LARGEST PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM OF ITS KIND IN SERIA AT TENAGA SURIA BRUNEI

Barely less than twelve hours since I touched down after a high spirited Tourism Malaysia FAM week in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, I was delighted to discover that what was originally scheduled to be yesterday which I would have most certainly missed had been postponed to a day later. His Majesty, the Sultan of Brunei was in my town this morning to officially open the “largest photovoltaic system of its kind in South-East Asia.” Although I wasn’t there at the event, the sight of the solar panels was a constant tease on my way home. So today, tired as I am, I mustered enough energy (no pun intended, well, maybe a little) to pop by and kindly asked permission to let me take some pictures from the tower—the only elevated vantage point from inside the premise.

“Brunei’s aspiration to use cleaner and renewable energy sources moved a step closer to fruition following the installation of solar panels at the Seria Power Station yesterday. The Tenaga Suria Brunei (Solar energy) project is set to generate some 1.344 MWh of electricity per year and touted to be using the largest photovoltaic system of its kind in Southeast Asia.” — The Brunei Times | 26 Jan 2010

H.M. INAUGURATES TENAGA SURIA SERIA
SULTAN OPENS BRUNEI’S FIRST SOLAR POWER PLANT

On 23rd August 2014, 3 years after the official opening I had an aerial photography assignment that had me flying along the coastal stretch from Seria to Kuala Belait and back to Seria including several inland orbits. I couldn’t take my eyes off the passing landscape — opportunity knocks when you’re not wasting time chimping.

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Aerial view of photovoltaic solar panels added to this post on August 24, 2014

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