Generate more electricity via solar panels, Environment Minister

Generate more electricity via solar panels, Environment Minister

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia can generate 1.4 times more electricity if all the roofs in Peninsular Malaysia are fitted with solar panels.

This was suggested by Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin.

At present Malaysians use the conventional electricity generation of fossil fuel burning.

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.

In comparison, the current total electricity production in Malaysia is an average of 24,000 MW at any one time.

“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.

Currently, only 2 per cent 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.

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.

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.