Malaysia awards over 250MW solar FiTs

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The Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA Malaysia) has approved 250MW of solar projects to receive its feed-in tariff (FiT).

Over 4,600 FiT applications have been approved by SEDA as of the end of October this year – totalling 917MW of renewable energy – just over 250MW of which are solar projects.

Out of the solar applications, 210MW is non-residential (more than 500kW), 40MW residential and 1.66MW community.

More than 2,400 renewable energy projects have already been completed under the FiT system, totalling more than 240MW. Already online is 150MW of solar – 126MW non-residential and 24MW residential.

Last week SEDA held an open day to give members of the public an opportunity to discuss the FiT mechanism with its officials.

It warned the public to be aware of what it said was a recent bout of solar scams by “unscrupulous” agents claiming to guarantee securing PV quote for their clients.

In response to the scams, SEDA and the Malaysian PV Industry Association (MPIA) announced a PV investment guide is now available for residential solar customers.

In view of the low level of FiT approvals for community projects, SEDA encouraged more community groups to consider participating in the scheme, which is valid for 21 years for energy projects on schools, non-profit buildings, or places of worship.

The FiT has proved popular since the scheme began in 2011. This time last year SEDA approved 2,279 FiT applications for renewable individual renewable energy projects totalling 24.43MW, of which 8.98MW had 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.

You can find out more about solar in Malaysia at Solar Energy Southeast Asia 2014 being held in Bangkok 25-26 November. The event, hosted by PV Tech’s publisher, Solar Media, will bring together a range of high-profile speakers from industry and government. 

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