Friday, November 13, 2009

No Reason For Malaysia Not To Be Among Leaders In Solar Power, Says Peter Chin

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 (Bernama) -- There is no reason for Malaysia, which has all-year-round sunshine, to be among the leaders in the solar power market, says Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Peter Chin.

"If Germany with such a low sunshine can be a global solar market, then it is a crying shame why Malaysia cannot be better, with our all-year-round sunshine," he said in his keynote address at the Sixth National Utilities Summit 2009.

Germany generates about 3,800MW (Megawatt) solar power, almost half of the world market.

Chin said Malaysia will soon implement the feed-in tariff like Germany to enable users to sell excess power to the power grid.

It is also contemplating other measures to promote photovoltaics, he said in his text of speech read out by the ministry's Deputy Secretary-General ( Green Technology and Water) Datuk Nor Azmal Mohd Nazir.

If not for households, at least facilities with huge roof spans such as the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, National Sports Complex, Kuala Lumpur City Centre and factories in industrial zones should implement BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaics), Chin said.

As for nuclear power, he said, it is something for post-2020.

He said Malaysia is finalising Renewable Energy Plan to boost its development in the country.

By 2020, hydropower, which now accounts for about eight per cent of electricity generated, will increase its share to 17 per cent, he said.

On water, Chin said traditional water sources are being threatened by pollution due to development encroachment.

While ground water has been touted as an alternative, it is not sustainable and disrupts geological structures and soluble minerals make treatment more costly, hence the importance of harvesting rainwater, especially for non-potable purposes, he said.

Chin said the government is contemplating appropriate mechanism including fiscal mechanism to promote the culture of rainwater harvesting.

Malaysia is also finalising its national sewerage policy and master plan for implementation, he added


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