THE country’s aspiration for 20% of renewable energy (RE) in the power mix by 2025 has been made clear with a number of announcements recently, including large-scale projects, net metering and solar leasing.
Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin had announced that some RM2bil worth of projects will be up for bidding in January next year to produce 500MW (megawatt) of electricity via solar power.
The Large Scale Solar (LSS) Programme 3 projects, worth RM2bil, will be conducted through open tender in January next year
The projects are in addition to ongoing LSS projects to produce 958MW of electricity between the end of this year until 2020.
Another policy that the minister has announced to promote solar is the repair of the Net Energy Metering Programme (NEM).
Under NEM, electricity users installing solar panels on the roof for their own use receive a rebate from Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) for electricity generated.
In a reply to StarBizWeek, the Sustainable Energy Development Authority of Malaysia (Seda Malaysia) says the take-up rate was low - until October 2018, there was only an application for 17MW of the 500MW quota provided, which was only 3%.