Seda announces release of 20MW of non-individual solar PV FiT quotas

Seda announces release of 20MW of non-individual solar PV FiT quotas

PUTRAJAYA: Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (Seda Malaysia) is opening 20MW of non-individual solar photovoltaic (PV) feed-in tariff (FiT) quotas for installation (less than 500kW) and will be made available for projects to be commissioned next year.

Seda Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn said the application could be made through the e-fit online System at beginning Dec 17 this year.

He said applicants must comply with the Renewable Energy Act 2011 and also the Renewable Energy (feed-in approval and FiT rate) Rules 2011.

”The new degression rate for solar PV is set at between 8% and 15%. The rate will be finalised and approved by the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, which will be enforced next year,” he said at a press conference after the opening ceremony of the International Sustainable Energy Summit 2012.

Fong said the quota for installation larger than 500kW would be announced next year.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry secretary-general Datuk Loo Took Gee represented Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui at the opening of the two-day event, themed “Empowering Nations via Sustainable Energy”.

With the implementation of the FiT mechanism on Dec 1 last year, Fong said Seda Malaysia would continuously strive to provide awareness to the public on any updates pertaining to the FiT mechanism implementation.

As of end-September this year, he said Seda Malaysia had received a total of 1,090 feed-in approval applications and approved a total of 535 applications.

He said the approved applications from solar PV for the individuals ranked the highest with 362 applications, followed by solar PV for non-individuals (133).

”The number of approved applications for biogas is 13, small hydro 14 and biomass 13. In terms of installed capacity, a total of 404.49MW has been approved, of which 156.65MW is for solar PV for the non-individuals, 131.4MW for biomass, 86.05MW for small hydro, 20.53MW for biogas and 9.86MW for solar PV for the individuals.

”From all these, some 1,684 GWhr per year of energy will be generated enough to power 467,000 homes and avoid 1.16 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

”The achievements are commendable because within three years, we would have achieved more than what the country has achieved in more than 10 years in the past in terms of grid-connected renewable energy systems,” he said.

On the solar home rooftop programme, Fong said a further 6MW would be assigned for the first half of next year.

Since the rolling out of the 2,000 solar home rooftop programme on Sept 24 this year, he said extra quotas for the solar PV for individual were allocated, and specifically 2MW was assigned to the second half of this year.

”Under the programme, the people can participate and contribute towards generating clean electricity for the country.

”Seda Malaysia is working closely with the local banks to provide financing to the individuals, so the rooftop programme can receive greater acceptance,” he said. – Bernama

Source: The Star Online

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