On the 9th of March, His Majesty, the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, via his official Facebook account, announced the cancellation of the planned RM1.4 billion Sultan Ibrahim Solar Park ground-breaking ceremony scheduled for the 23rd of March in Pengerang, Johor. The decision was made due to the Federal Government’s silence, according to the post.
“We have a suitable plot for the project, strong growth and development, and strong demand from our neighbours, making Johor the most strategic spot,” he said.
When His Majesty announced the project on 28th February, he reported that when fully operational in 2023, the multi-billion project will be Southeast Asia’s largest solar power storage facility, with a combined installed capacity of 450 megawatts.
The solar park was also Johor’s first major private investment in 2021, and it was the result of Sultan Ibrahim’s ongoing efforts to attract investment and growth in order to enhance the state’s socio-economic well-being.
Sultan Ibrahim also noted that the project was in line with Johor’s 2030 Sustainable Development Plan, which prioritises environmental sustainability and conservation as part of the state’s economic development strategy for a more prosperous society.
The solar park will be the region’s largest solar energy storage system when fully operational, he said, and would have a positive economic spillover impact on the state, with job creation at various levels.