Published on 10 Feb 2023.
RAM Sustainability has assigned a Tier-1 Environmental Benefit (EB) rating to Solarpack Suria Sungai Petani Sdn Bhd’s (3SP or the Issuer) RM285 million ASEAN Green SRI Sukuk Wakalah (the Sukuk). This instrument also carries credit ratings assigned by RAM Ratings.
Issuance proceeds from the Sukuk will be used to refinance costs related to the construction, ownership and operation of a 90.88 MWAC solar photovoltaic power plant (the Plant) in Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia and to defray ancillary costs. The Tier-1 EB rating assigned to the Sukuk reflects the Plant’s significant net contribution to climate change mitigation. Having commenced operations on 8 March 2022, the Plant will generate approximately 177 GWh of clean renewable energy per year.
RAM Sustainability’s second opinion on 3SP’s ASEAN Green SRI Sukuk Wakalah Framework (the Framework) concludes that it is aligned with the disclosure requirements of Securities Commission Malaysia’s Sustainable & Responsible Investment Sukuk Framework, the ASEAN Green Bond Standards and the globally recognised Green Bond Principles (GBP). The Framework is also aligned with all core areas and 12 out of 19 recommendations under the latest pre-issuance checklist of the GBP, published on 28 June 2022.
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