Malaysia to step up so­lar pho­to­voltaic out­put

> Aims to be sec­ond largest pro­ducer in the world by 2020

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia aims to be the sec­ond largest pro­ducer of so­lar pho­to­voltaics (PV) in the world by 2020, said Min­istry of En­ergy, Green Tech­nol­ogy and Wa­ter sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Seri Zaini Ujang.

He said the cur­rent out­put was 12% and the aim was to reach 20% by then.

“Malaysia is cur­rently ranked third in terms of so­lar PV pro­duc­tion.

“Ac­cord­ing to mar­ket re­search, in 2015, to­tal global ship­ment of so­lar PV amounted to 50.8 gi­gawatts.

“China con­trib­uted 48%, Tai­wan 20%, Malaysia 12% and Ja­pan 6%,” he said.

Zaini said this to re­porters af­ter open­ing the two-day 7th In­ter­na­tional Green­tech & Eco Prod­ucts Ex­hi­bi­tion & Con­fer­ence Malaysia here yes­ter­day.

He said in or­der to achieve the tar­get Malaysia must adopt the green tech­nol­ogy and not be­ing left be­hind this lu­cra­tive mar­kets such as in the US, Euro­pean and Ja­pan.

“An­other ini­tia­tive to meet the tar­get is that Malaysia is now em­bark­ing on net en­ergy me­ter­ing (NEM) as an at­trac­tive method to drive so­lar en­ergy growth,” he said.

NEM will en­able more house and build­ing own­ers, whether in­dus­trial or com­mer­cial, to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity for so­lar PV and use it in­ter­nally, he said.

Zaini said Malaysia has pledged to re­duce its green­house gas emis­sion in­ten­sity of gross do­mes­tic prod­uct by 45% by 2030.

PV are best known as method for gen­er­at­ing elec­tric power by us­ing so­lar cells to con­vert en­ergy from the sun. – Ber­nama

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