Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) has fulfilled the International Renewable Energy Certificate (I-REC) Standard to track attributes of the renewable electricity production from its flagship 3.3MWp Solar PV Plant at Jalan Tengah, Seria.
Through the robust tracking standard, BSP added new layers of credibility to the production, tracking and operation of the solar plant.
“With the I-RECs, we are proud to demonstrate the transparency and credibility of our efforts to reduce our overall carbon footprint by incorporating solar in our power mix,” BSP Managing Director and Shell Country Chair in Brunei Darussalam Agnete Johnsgaard-Lewis said.
“We submitted reports and power meter readings from the solar plant to an independent party, the Green Certificate Company from the United Kingdom, who has verified the volume of electricity produced and its associated attribute claims. This assures that our decarbonisation journey are in accordance to global best practices,” she said.
I-RECs serve to increase transparency in the energy sector and provide clarity about the use of renewable electricity among end-consumers. The I-REC Standard (www.irecstandard.org) ensures that issued certificates comply with major reporting frameworks and greenhouse gas accounting standards for the avoidance of double counting, double certificate issuance, and double attribute claiming.
BSP’s solar electricity production within the period of September 2021 to August 2022 have been verified and its associated digital certificates issued by I-REC. The certificates also represent the reduction in BSP’s emissions, categorised as indirect greenhouse gas emissions generated from purchased electricity usage.
The BSP Flagship Solar PV Plant was launched on April 6, 2021 by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Brunei Shell Joint Venture Companies.
The solar plant, located at G11 along Jalan Tengah, Seria, is the second solar plant in Brunei, featuring the latest technology in solar panels.
The construction of the plant took over seven months, where almost 7,000 solar panels were installed on four hectares of land. The solar power generated is equivalent to the electricity consumption of approximately 600 households per year.