Potential to become hub for solar photovoltaic system

Chan (left) receiving a souvenir from Chin (centre) as Pahang MIDA director Noraisyah Nordin looks on at the solar roadshow in Kuantan.

KUANTAN: Malaysia has the potential to become a hub for solar photovoltaic (PV) system and application service providers.

Malaysian Photovoltaic Industry Association (MPIA) president Chin Soo Mau said many were not aware that the country’s PV industry was quite advanced in the Asean region in terms of technical standards, field experience, investment and systematic approach.

“We have enough experience, documentations and the necessary expertise to modernise our electricity supply and demand, to take us to the next dimension.

“Our Government is putting in place plans to liberalise and democratise our power supply industry, so much so that Malaysia can become a model in the region, and even become an exporter of related services.

“By having the proper bridging mechanism among Asean countries, I believe that Malaysia can become the hub for PV system, ” he said during the MPIA solar roadshow at a hotel here.

The guest of honour was Kuantan Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Datuk Chan Bon Nge.

More than 100 participants were at the event supported by Malaysian Investment Development Authority, Sustainable Energy Development Authority and Energy Commission.

PV is a technology that converts sunlight (solar radiation) into direct current electricity by using semiconductors.

Chin said businesses which invest in solar PV stand to gain in terms of energy consumption bills and add value to their products, processes and services.

Some of the participants at the MPIA solar roadshow held at a hotel in Kuantan.Some of the participants at the MPIA solar roadshow held at a hotel in Kuantan.

“This is how some of the multi-national companies leverage on the ‘green label’ or ‘environmentally-friendly image’ to create better awareness and higher values for their brands, ” he said.

Separately, Chan said based on market reports, China, the United States, Japan and Germany were among the countries with the highest capacity of solar power generation in the world.

“It should be noted that none of these countries are a tropical country like Malaysia where we get intense sunlight throughout the year.

“Hence, if non-tropical countries are actively adopting solar energy, we should be doing it more aggressively, ” he said.

Chan also noted that solar power system had the flexibility of scale, allowing it to be designed in the size of multiple football fields, or just a panel to fit the roof of a house.

“According to MPIA, the prices of solar PV have dropped substantially over the past decade due to new technologies and economies of scale.“So this is a good time to go solar. Companies can make use of this advantage to reduce the cost of doing business, ” he said.

MPIA is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of solar energy. Set up in 2007, it is the only organisation representing the solar industry in Malaysia.

Currently, it has more than 110 members, consisting of manufacturers, consultants and service providers.

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