Malaysia to add over 1.2 GW of large-scale solar by 2020 - report

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April 11 (Renewables Now) - Malaysia expects to have 1,228 MW of new solar power capacity from large-scale plants hooked to the grid in the period 2018-2020, the country's deputy energy minister has said on Tuesday.

The country has awarded this amount of capacity under its auction programme, launched two years ago, to 66 winning bidders, deputy energy, green technology and water minister Devamany Krishnasamy said at a summit, as cited by local newspaper The Star.

In December, the Energy Commission of Malaysia (EC) announced that projects with a combined capacity of 563 MW have won the latest solar tender, which sought 460 MW of photovoltaic (PV) capacity.

The deputy minister also commented on the Sustainable Energy Development Authority’s (SEDA) net energy metering (NEM) scheme, saying that just 8 MW have so far been approved even though the goal is to allocate 100 MW annually in the period 2016-2020. He was quoted as saying that the low return on investment is the reason for the low interest in that scheme. However, the ministry is trying to resolve the issue, Krishnasamy has reassured.

The ministry is also seen to conclude the proposed Renewable Energy Transition Roadmap 2050 by 2019.

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