TAP INTO SUNLIGHT FOR CHEAPER ELECTRICITY


Works Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Syed Omar Sharifuddin Syed Ikhsan (left) handing over the solar energy purchasing offer letter to Megat Jalaluddin. Present were Works Senior Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof (second from left) and TNB chairman Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

MALAYSIA is bathed in sunlight all year round, making our country a massive potential for solar energy.

Solar energy is the best renewable source as it is 100% clean and produces no pollution – definitely an ideal way to reduce carbon footprint.

It can be harvested by installing solar panels which not only helps consumers reduce electricity bills but also contributes to a sustainable future for the planet.

However, installing a solar technology solution can be a tedious process for consumers.

To ease the installation process, GSPARX Sdn Bhd has set up a one-stop-centre to provide services from consultation, installation, maintenance, performance monitoring to repair works.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), GSPARX specialises in rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) solution for retail customers.

Since 2018, GSPARX has been a solar photovoltaic investor with the Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA) providing solutions under the Net Energy Metering (NEM) and Supply Agreement of Renewable Energy (SARE) scheme.

Following the success of the NEM2.0 programme which ended Dec 31, 2020, the Government introduced introduced NEM3.0, starting with NEM Rakyat and NEM GoMEn (Feb 1, 2021 to Dec 31, 2023), to boost usage of renewable energy and reduce energy cost.

NEM3.0 offers a quota of 500 megawatts (MW) through three initiatives – NEM Rakyat, NEM GoMEn (government ministries and entities) and NOVA (Net Offset Virtual Aggregation). All registered TNB customers in the residential, commercial, industrial and government sectors in Peninsular Malaysia are eligible for the NEM3.0 programme.

For NEM Rakyat, residential users who install solar systems will enjoy a one-to-one offset basis rate for 10 years, after which and they will practise the concept of self-consumption.

“This means that every 1kWh exported to the grid will be offset against 1kWh consumed from the grid, which translates to higher potential savings and earnings to consumers.

“Self-consumption is when electricity is generated for own consumption and any excess is not exported to the grid,” said GSPARX Managing Director Elmie Fairul Mashuri at a media briefing, adding that the same rate applies to government buildings under NEM GoMEn.

Meanwhile, NEM Nova allows commercial and industry users to sell extra electrical energy generated by the PV solar system at the market rate or a system marginal price (SMP).

TNB Chief Retail Officer Datuk Megat Jalaluddin Megat Hassan shared that an installed capacity of 4kWp for a 22’ x 75’ linked house could cost between RM18,000 and RM20,000, which covers consultation to after-sales services – delivering a return on investment within a period of five to six years. In fact, the higher the installed capacity, the lower the unit price for each kWp.

“Under NEM Rakyat, savings on the electricity bill is from 30% to 90%,” he said.

“At the moment, solar panels can only be installed on landed property. For high rise residentials, it is possible to generate solar energy for common areas by working with the joint management body.”

Users under NEM NOVA can opt for outright purchase or enjoy zero upfront cost via the Zero Capex Solution.

Industrial and commercial consumers under the NEM programme who purchase green technology assets are eligible for the green investment tax allowance (GITA) while the green income tax exemption (GITE) is for providing green technology services.

Megat Jalaluddin said the development of a solar battery storage system is in the pipeline for GSPARX and expected to be available in another five years.

“The solar energy solution has seen an increased take up rate over the last years. With the solar battery storage system in place, solar will be on its way to become a significantly more efficient source of clean energy,” he added.

To date GSPARX has secured 551 projects with a total capacity of 82MWp, of which 425 are residential projects. Among the commercial clients are Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd, Malaysia Airlines Bhd and TATI University College.

The latest project is the solar energy puchasing programme partnership with the Works Ministry and Public Works Department (PWD) to install solar PV panels at 12 locations, including the PWD headquarters building in Kuala Lumpur, with a capacity of 1.22MWp.

This is the first government ministry project and a significant milestone for GSPARX, which intends to fulfil its commitment to install solar solutions at all the 12 PWD locations across Peninsular Malaysia in the next four to six months.

Elmie Fairul encourages more Malaysians, government agencies as well as companies to be part of the country’s renewable energy development to reduce cost of electricity.

“Consumers can rest assured that GSPARX uses the best equipment and ensures the highest quality of workmanship for the solar solutions. Our installers are registered with SEDA and the Energy Commission.

“Users can keep track of their solar system performance including real time solar energy production and monthly savings via mobile online monitoring,” he said.

For more details, call 1300 807 828, email enquiry@gsparx.com or visit www.gsparx.com or www.tnb.com.my/solar

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