Solar Leasing and Net Energy Metering (NEM) for Malaysia
Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC), YB Yeo Bee Yin announces new-year changes to try and drive further PV adoption in the populous southeast Asian nation.
28 November 2018
What is Solar Leasing?
With a Solar Leasing or power purchase agreement (PPA) in Malaysia, you don't have to pay the high upfront cost of solar panels, equipment, and installation. Instead of paying for a solar system, you pay a fixed monthly amount for the electricity the solar panels generate. It's easy and affordable.
What is Net Energy Metering (NEM)?
The concept of NEM is that the energy produced from the solar PV system installed will be consumed first, and any excess to be exported and sold to the distribution licensee (such as TNB /SESB ) at the prevailing Displaced Cost prescribed by the Energy Commission.
Read more about it here.
NEM and Solar Leasing in Malaysia
YB Yeo Bee Yin reportedly announced a move to make the nation’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) regime more attractive by moving to offset surplus energy fed back into the grid on a like for like basis, rather than forcing prosumers to accept a lower displaced cost for excess energy. Malaysian newspaper The Star reports prosumers currently have to pay MYR0.50 ($0.12) per kilowatt hour for electricity but receive only MYR0.31 in return for their surplus energy.
The Star reports the new Net Energy Metering (NEM) regime will be introduced on January 1, at the same time as Solar Leasing is rolled out, to further encourage domestic solar energy in Malaysia
The Reserve states the new Supply Agreement for Renewable Energy (SARE) of Malaysia will see third-party investors agree a price with homeowners and utilities that ensures a saving on bills for the homeowner plus a return for the investor. The investor will then finance installation of the panels, ensuring there is no upfront cost for the householder. For more information regarding Supply Agreement for Renewable Energy (SARE) in Malaysia, check it out here.
The consumers of Malaysia can start to experience the benefits of having a cheaper electricity bill with the Net Energy Metering (NEM) and Solar Leasing concept, estimated next year at Jan 1 2019. Stay tuned for more information from the ministry of Malaysia.