Proton to boost solar power adoption with appointment of second photovoltaic supplier

By CARSIFU | 19 January 2023

Lee (second from left) showing the appointment document with Shamsul. With them are Roslan (left) and Industrial Labs co-founder and director Fairus Sakiman (right).

SUBANG JAYA: Proton Edar's wholly-owned subsidiary Proton Global Services Sdn Bhd (PGS) has appointed Industrial Laboratories Sdn Bhd (Industrial Labs) as its second solar photovoltaic (PV) system supplier to expand the adoption of solar power in its network of dealers and vendors.

The appointment is part of the national car maker’s energy sustainability initiatives as it seeks to lower its carbon emissions to boost ESG scores.

Aside from having a presence in a diverse range of business activities, PGS also executes energy optimisation and sustainable energy solutions for Proton.

Industrial Labs is a major supplier and service provider of renewable energy solutions in Malaysia with experience throughout Southeast Asia.

PGS chief executive officer Lee Yeet Chuan said new energy is one of the core business activities for the company aside from promoting and implementing the use of solar energy to its dealers and vendors.

“We have also overseen the installation of a solar farm at Proton’s plant in Tanjung Malim capable of producing 12MWp and generating potential energy bill savings of up to RM3.5mil per year for Proton for 25 years.

“With the addition of Industrial Labs as our second PV system supplier, we are looking to accelerate the adoption of solar power in the Proton network of dealers and vendors in 2023 to further reduce carbon emissions for the company,” said Lee.

Industrial Labs co-founder and director Shamsul Azhar Zainuddin, who sign on behalf of his company, said there were wider objectives that could be advanced with increased adoption of solar energy.

“The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt last year outlined steps that needed to be taken to ensure global temperature increases are minimised compared to pre-industrial levels.

“Decarbonising energy production is one of the initiatives being promoted, which is why we are delighted to work together with PGS as promoting clean and renewable energy like solar is a step in the right direction,” he said.

At a national level, Malaysia has committed to be a carbon neutral nation by 2050, and manufacturers such as Proton will play a pivotal role to help reduce the country’s carbon emission levels.

Proton deputy chief executive officer Roslan Abdullah said all corporate entities must look at ways to improve their scores as ESG parameters were gaining more prominence each year.

“Beyond the score card however, Proton has a responsibility as a national automotive brand to play an active role to help Malaysia reach its carbon neutral goal by 2050, which is why we will continue to promote more green initiatives within the company and to our ecosystem for the foreseeable future,” said Roslan.