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SMEs urged to participate in NEM programme 每 Yeo

Jun 19, 2019
SMEs urged to participate in NEM programme 每 Yeo
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PUTRAJAYA, May 14 (Bernama) — Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) participating in the newly enhanced net energy metering (NEM) programme stand to enjoy better tax allowances, in addition to being able to manage their electricity costs more effectively.

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

“SMEs which have (factories with) the right rooftop structures can get tax allowance by installing solar photovoltaic (PV) system and 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,” she 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.

The 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.

The total quota allocation for NEM is 500 megawatts (MW) up to the year 2020 — 50MW for the domestic segment, and 450MW for commercial, industrial and agriculture sectors.

Yeo said since NEM’s launch in January 2019, there has been an encouraging growth in the scheme’s take-up rate.

As of May 10, a total of 16.6MW has been approved, compared with the total approved capacity of 18.24MW in 2018.

She said the NEM quota of 500MW was expected to create jobs for 15,000 people and RM2.12 billion capital investment for the solar PV systems.

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.

Source: BERNAMA

Minister: Govt hopes to boost renewable energy growth with net metering programme

Apr 12, 2019
Minister: Govt hopes to boost renewable energy growth with net metering programme
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — The government is looking into energy efficiency and renewable energy (RE) to reduce electricity bills and decarbonising the government’s administration, said Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change (MESTECC), Yeo Bee Yin.

In a statement from the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) today, she said by introducing new policies like the net energy metering (NEM) programme, the government hopes it can catalyse and scale up the RE growth in the country.

The NEM programme is a solar photovoltaic (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 exported to Tenaga Nasional Bhd (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.

 

The programme has seen positive growth since its introduction in October last year, with 38 megawatts (MW) taken up out of the 500 MW allocated for the programme, Yeo said.

“Malaysia has huge potential in harnessing solar power via rooftop PV systems.

“There are 3.2 million landed properties, 450,000 shophouses, 90,000 terrace factories, 21,000 stand-alone factories and 1,000 shopping complexes in Malaysia,” she added.

To date, SEDA has approved 17 solar investor applications since it implemented the solar PV investor directory in January this year.

The new NEM has also succeeded in spawning new solar PV behind-the-meter (BTM) business opportunities that includes solar leasing, purchase of solar electricity via power purchase agreement (PPA) or a hybrid of both.

Additionally, Yeo said a new roadmap, known as the Renewable Energy Transition Roadmap (RETR) 2035 is currently being developed to explore the possible strategies and action plan to realise the government’s target of 20 per cent RE in the national power mix by 2025.

The roadmap will also explore the cost benefits and effectiveness of establishing a mandatory REC market.

The strategies include a peer-to-peer energy trading where the solar prosumers can sell their excess electricity to consumers, enabling those who have rooftop constraints to enjoy the NEM scheme.

It also includes providing the option where consumers can purchase 100 per cent RE electricity from power utility companies. — Bernama

 

Energy Commission announces 500MW large scale solar tender

Apr 12, 2019
Energy Commission announces 500MW large scale solar tender
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PETALING JAYA: The Energy Commission (EC), today announced it is requesting proposals for the development of large scale solar photovoltaic plant (LSS).


In an advertisement in StarBiz, the EC said the plant would be connected to the grid and sell its energy to Tenaga Nasional Bhd under a power purchase agreement.
 

“The LSS capacity to be tendered will be from 1MW to 100MW with a target aggregate capacity of 500MW in Peninsular Malaysia, which is expected to be commission in 2021,” the EC said.


It has been reported that the Government will undertake an open tender in 2019 for an estimated RM2bil worth of projects under the third cycle of the LSS3 scheme, to increase electricity generation from renewable energy (RE).

 

The projects are in addition to ongoing LSS projects to produce 958MW of electricity between the end of this year until 2020.


Solar accounts for about 67% of Malaysia’s RE capacity while biogas and biomass account for the second largest portion at 28%.


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