Back then, many parents and teachers would advise kids, especially those good in math, to pursue engineering path, as they believe that would be a bright future for them. Ko Chuan Zhen followed the expectation and completed his study in Electrical Engineering. However, he was lost and struggled.
“Though that is something that I’m capable, I couldn’t tell I like it. Looking at some friends who are very passionate about what they’re learning, I wish I could find my interest as well. Time in university passed quickly, very soon, we needed to conduct the FYP(Final Year Project).”
While deciding the topic for his FYP, he came across to a title that caught his attention — Solar Power Car Ventilation System. He started to immerse himself into the world of Solar Energy.
Sometimes later, Ko casually picked up a pamphlet, and he learnt that many global funds have moved from traditional energy to support clean (renewable) energy like Solar Energy, Hydro electrical Energy, Biomass, Geothermal Power, etc. He realised that he was on the right track and decided to do something big.
He started to work aggressively and travel around all regions to absorb as many of experiences as he could. At the same time, he talked to some close friends, including Ryan and Poh, about his plan of starting a Solar Power business.
In late 2011, Ko, Ryan and Poh sat down together to brainstorm on the business proposal, in mere weeks before the Feed-in-Tariff policy was launched in Malaysia. Seizing this opportunity, they intended to make full use of the chance to realise their dream of revolutionising the energy industry. They established their first company, Leaf Energy, which is the first solar consultancy firm in Malaysia on the tenth of January 2012.
With sheer determination and a unique business model in the industry, the team managed to not only secure several iconic projects in hand but also brought impact to the industry through streamlined solar project financing facilitations and successfully delivered these projects to completion.
To expand the team’s involvement to cover more areas of the renewable energy business, they founded +SOLAR in 2013. +SOLAR provides solar energy services as a turnkey solution for residential, commercial, industrial and utility sector. In the same year, they opened a new branch in Penang. Within 2013 itself, the group managed to complete 14MWp of solar projects.
As the demand of Solar Energy services continually increasing, +SOLAR proliferated in 2014 and marked a significant milestone in expanding the business to east Malaysia by building a new establishment into Sabah. In the same year, both +SOLAR and Leaf Energy obtained the ISO 9001:2008 certified by TÜV SÜD Germany.
Besides running the business, the team never forget to look back to the society. Under the group’s umbrella, there is +SOLAR Academy, a CSR initiative designed to provide complimentary Green Technology Education to academic institutions in Malaysia.
“I always think that Clean Energy is beautiful and powerful, that is why I want to spend the rest of my life doing the solar business. It’s not only for money but to make renewable energy accessible for everyone. I hope that by 2025, 20% of the rooftops in our country are covered with the solar power plant,” shared Ko.
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