Malaysia

Country/Tariff Roof-Top Ground-Based BIPV Term
Malaysia
2012

<4kW = $0.4231

4-24kW = $0.4109

24-72kW = $0.4042

72kW-1MW = $0.3906

1-10MW = $0.3255

10-30MW = $0.2916

20 years
2013

<4kW = $0.3933

4-24kW = $0.3784

24-72kW = $0.3662

72kW-1MW = $0.3594

1-10MW = $0.2984

10-30MW = $0.2672

2014

<4kW = $0.3567

4-24kW = $0.3472

24-72kW = $0.3391

72kW-1MW = $0.3255

1-10MW = $0.2753

10-30MW = $0.2468

Update: October 2013

Malaysia Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) has closed 2013 applications for its solar rooftop feed-in tariff after receiving an overwhelming demand for the latest quota it made available.

SEDA said the 1,500kW solar quota it released for individual applicants in September was all gone within one hour. The authority said it would not release any further quotas this year as successful applicants would be unlikely to achieve commercial operation of their installations by December this year. After this a punitive degression rate of 8% for individuals and 20% for non-individuals will come into effect. To date SEDA has approved 2,279 applications for individuals totalling 24.43MW, of which 8.98MW has commenced operation.

Overall, since Malaysia introduced its renewable energy FiT in 2011, 2,628 applications for 484.03MW of capacity have been approved across all forms of generation.

PV for individuals and at a larger scale has proved the most popular form of generation, accounting for almost 40% of approved FiT capacity – a total of 192.26MW.

However, completion of approved projects has been slow to happen, with only 11.8.19MW of all FiT-approved projects having commenced operation.

Update: April 2013

Malaysia’s Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) announced that its 20MW quota for tender for PV systems under 500kW for commercial use was allocated within the first hour of opening the online application system.

Launched on 2 April 2013, in total 137 applications were submitted in the first 60 minutes.

The chairman also added that 99.45% of the applications submitted were larger than 24kW.

Update: March 2013

Malaysia is to increase the degression rate of its PV feed-in tariff from 8 to 20% for installations larger than 24kW from April.

Update: September 2012

The Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) of Malaysian has announced that applications for its Solar Home Rooftop Programme will be accepted from September 24. The Authority will allocate 2,000kW of solar PV for the fourth quarter of 2012 and 6,000kW for 2013 to homeowners.

Update: 2011

Malaysia has become the latest Asian country to introduce a renewable energy subsidy system after its parliament approved a sophisticated system of feed-in tariffs (FiT).

The Malaysian tariff rates for PV start at $0.3933 per kWh for installations of ≤4kWp. The larger the system size the smaller the subsidy it, with the smallest $0.1356 per kWh for ground-mounted installations between 10MW and 30MW in size – installations larger than 30MW will not qualify for the scheme. Like the tariff scheme in Germany, Malaysia's feed-in tariffs are divided into multiple tranches.

Ahmad Hadri Haris, the chief technical advisor to Malaysia's Minister of Energy, announced that Malaysia's House of Representatives, the Dewan Rakyat, has passed both the Renewable Energy Bill, which contains the new FiT policy, and the Bill for the Sustainable Energy Development Authority. The legislation was officially passed in May and came into effect mid-summer.

2011's quota for solar capacity is 29MW and next year the target is to add a further 46MW to this figure; one-third of this capacity has been set aside for projects smaller than 1MW.

By 2020, Malaysia hopes to install renewable energy capacity totalling more than 3,000MW, with around 1,250MW of this number being accounted for by solar.

The Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEA) has unlocked 20MW of non-individual photovoltaic (PV) feed-in-tariff (FiT) quotas for installation.

Introduction of the FiT to Malaysia began as early as 2004. In 2011, SEA passed two laws related to sustainable energy. The result is the dawn of a new era for Malaysia in a move towards achieving energy autonomy and mitigating climate change

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