PHOTO - (From left) Schneider Electric Malaysia country president Peter Cave and Schneider Electric energy efficiency manager, services & project division, Mok Kam Meng, show the solar panels on the roof of the Shah Alam manufacturing plant.
Energy management solutions firm Schneider Electric has previewed a working solar power system at its manufacturing plant in Shah Alam, Malaysia, which could help Malaysia to achieve its sustainable energy goals, it said.
Speaking on 22 August 2011, Schneider Electric Malaysia country president Peter Cave said its solar photovoltaic (PV) system works on an in-direct feed basis, which demonstrates how a grid-tie system can be connected to benefit from Feed-in-Tariff (FiT).
"This demonstration provides a great opportunity to see Schneider Electric's photovoltaic solutions in a real environment and to get a deeper understanding of how the benefits of these solutions can impact businesses," said Cave. "It also opens up the minds of consumers and provokes them to think about how they can contribute to carbon emission reduction via the use of solar energy and at the same time make money from being green."
"In line with recent announcements of the FiT under the Renewable Energy Act, this comprehensive solution provides a possible avenue for businesses and residents to sell energy back to the grid," he said. "Electrical energy that is produced via solar Photovoltaic technology could be sold back to national energy provider Tenaga Nasional through the new policy, which may be implemented as soon as the next quarter."
Rising electric bills
Cave said that currently electricity generation in Malaysia was still largely dependent on fossil fuels - coal, oil and natural gas account for around 85 percent of total electricity generation in the country, while renewable resources make up only around one percent. "As the power demand in Malaysia is expected to rise five percent annually from 2011 to 2015 and with the recent electricity tariff hike by the government, electricity bills are expected to rise which can turn into an unnecessary burden for businesses."
"Not only does solar PV power address environmental issues by reducing carbon emissions, but it also has a significant economic impact for the country," said Cave. "It is expected that a minimum of RM70 billion [US$23.6 billion] can be generated from the operation of renewable energy power plants, which leads to a tax income of RM1.75 billion [US$600 million] for the government. Additionally, about 52,000 'green collar' jobs will be created to construct, operate and maintain these plants."
"We at Schneider Electric understand that the generation of renewable energy is an important issue in Malaysia," he said. "In order to fulfill the government's Copenhagen climate change commitment of a 40 percent emissions reduction, Schneider Electric solutions can greatly help the government achieve their goals. Today's showcase reiterates Schneider Electric's position to provide solar solutions as a viable solution to sustainable energy availability in the country."
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