SANYO completes solar panel installation for Hotel Penaga

SINGAPORE: SANYO Asia Pte Ltd has completed the solar panel installation for Hotel Penaga in Penang, situated within the Unesco World Heritage Site of George Town. It is the first heritage restoration in Malaysia to receive the Green Mark Certification from Malaysia's Green Building Index.

According to the statement by SANYO on Friday, Mar 18, Hotel Penaga would set the stage for heritage buildings in Malaysia to undergo green facelifts as part of the town's environmental preservation work. The installation of the 96 HIT photovoltaic (PV) modules, on the roof of Hotel Penaga, will be able to generate a total output of 20.79kWp and not only generate clean energy but also facilitate in the reduction in carbon dioxide emission of up to 17,500kg annually.

SANYO energy systems and solutions sales division president Dr Hiroyuki Kuriyama said that Malaysia has always been an important market for SANYO: "It is a great privilege to contribute to Penaga Hotel to receive the Green Mark Certification. With a positive outlook towards the future and with a high level of confidence in Malaysia's market, SANYO is focused on expanding its business in Malaysia and aims to become the No 1 Green Innovation Company in the electronics industry as part of the Panasonic Group."

Working with Ditrolic Solar, a specialist in building integrated solar PV technology, SANYO has successfully managed to seamlessly integrate part of the PV system into the roof of the hotel itself. Part of the PV system was mounted on the original timber structure of the building while another part was retrofitted onto the back of the roof that is nicely concealed from public view.

Meanwhile, the construction of Hotel Penaga involved other green efforts such as the use of recycled materials in its prior refurbishment.

Avid environmentalist Angela Hijjas — who is also the wife of Hijjas Kasturi, the owner and main architect of Hotel Penaga — hopes that its investment would inspire its guests to be more responsible in their energy consumption, particularly with air-conditioning.

"By showing that we consider it a priority by investing heavily in energy harvesting, they may give more thought before they decide to crank up the thermostat," she said.

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