Malaysia can generate more electricity if all roofs use solar panels, says Yeo

Malaysia can generate more electricity if all roofs use solar panels, says Yeo

18 June 2019

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia can generate 1.4 times more electricity if all the roofs in Peninsular Malaysia are fitted with solar panels, compared with the conventional electricity generation of fossil fuel burning.

Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said there are over 4.12 million buildings with solar rooftop potential in the peninsula.

If all these buildings are fitted with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, it can generate a whopping 34,194 megawatt (MW) of electricity at any one time, she said.

“If we equip our roofs with solar, we can potentially produce more than the total electricity generated in Malaysia,” Yeo said at the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) office here on Tuesday (May 14).

Currently, only 2% of Malaysia’s electricity is generated by renewable energy sources, as the nation’s energy generation is still highly dependent on limited fossil fuel resources such as oil, coal or natural gas.

In the race to increase the nation’s renewable energy mix from 2% to 20% by 2030, the Ministry is targeting commercial and industrial buildings to go solar and be early adopters of the revised Net Energy Metering (NEM) scheme.

Yeo said the NEM offers those who opt for solar energy lower tariffs, tax incentives, solar leasing programmes, and reduced electricity bills through the one-on-one offset, where every 1kWh exported to the grid will be offset against 1kWh consumed from the grid.

Yeo said the Ministry has allocated a 2019 NEM quota of 500 MW, with 450 MW allocated for commercial and industrial buildings, and the remaining 50 MW for residential buildings.

She said the revised NEM scheme has seen a positive response as there was an increase in NEM take-up rate this year.

“As of May 2019, a total of 16.6 MW of NEM has been approved in the first four months of 2019, compared with approved capacity of 18.24 MW in 2018,” she said.

Yeo made the comments during the launch of the NEM calculator available on the SEDA website.

With the calculator, SMEs and residents can calculate the potential monthly savings from generating solar energy, the upfront cost needed, the simple payback period, and the environmental impact.

The SEDA website also has a directory of 110 registered solar PV service providers and 27 solar PV investors who will carry out the solar leasing programmes.

Those who wish to purchase solar PV systems can contact PV service providers for a quotation while those who prefer to lease it, or pay only for the electricity generated by the systems through the power purchase agreement, can contact solar PV investors.

Yeo said the government, through the Malaysian Investment Development Authority, is also offering SMEs a green investment tax allowance and income tax exemption for the purchase of solar PV systems.

Source: The Star

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Minister Yeo Bee Yin Urged SMEs to Participate in NEM Programme

Minister Yeo Bee Yin Urged SMEs to Participate in NEM Programme

Read also: Net Energy Metering (NEM)

1 June 2019

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that are participating in the new net energy metering (NEM) programme stand to enjoy better tax allowances, in addition to being able to manage their electricity costs more effectively.

NEM programme is a solar PV initiative by MESTECC to encourage Malaysia’s renewable energy uptake.

Under the programme, energy produced from the installed solar PV system will be consumed first, and any excess energy can be exported to TNB on a “one-on-one” offset basis.

The scheme is applicable to all domestic, commercial, industrial and agricultural sectors as long as they are TNB customers.

Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) Minister Yeo Bee Yin said that with the easier access to financing through the Green Technology Financing Scheme (GTFS), SMEs would be encouraged to take up the NEM scheme and find innovative ways to harness renewable energy sources.

“SMEs which have the suitable rooftop structures can get tax allowance by installing solar photovoltaic (PV) system, and they can sell any excess energy produced to Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) on a ‘one-on-one’ offset basis.

“I hope the relevant tax allowances and GTFS can help facilitate and catalyse more growth in terms of rooftop solar (power) among commercial and industry players,” Yeo told a press conference after launching the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia’s new website, which features a renewable energy microsite and a NEM calculator here today.

Commenting on SEDA’s newly revamped website, Yeo said the website was designed to provide an improved user experience for the public and giving them access to information on the NEM scheme and renewable energy programmes.

SEDA Malaysia has also created two solar PV directories, allowing the public to browse for services they need.

Currently, the directories provide a list of 110 registered PV service providers and 27 registered solar PV investors.


Solar Leasing and Net Energy Metering (NEM) for Malaysia

Solar Leasing and Net Energy Metering (NEM) for Malaysia


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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.

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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.