On Monday, 28th of April 2014, Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA Malaysia) announced a reminder for those who are interested to apply for the Feed-in Approval (FiA) for renewable energy quota for projects located in Sabah and Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan. SEDA Malaysia is the implementer of Feed-in Tariff program for Renewable Energy Development in Malaysia and it has recently set up its Sabah branch at Likas Square Commercial Centre, Kota Kinabalu to provide additional support for renewable energy projects in Sabah and Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan. You can click this link for more information on SEDA Low Energy Office (SEDA LEO) in Sabah and find out about its green energy features.
According to the announcement made by Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), YB Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili on 22nd of April 2014, 2 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) with capacity up to 12 kW per application will be allocated for the individuals whereas 5 MW for the non-individuals (with capacity above 425 kW up to 1 MW per application) for projects in Sabah and Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan. These solar PV quotas are intended for projects that will achieve commercial operation by the end of this year. There is also a separate quota allocation of 5 MW solar PV for the community of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan. The limit per application for Community Solar PV Quota is capped at 200 kW. There are three types of institutions eligible under the Community Solar PV Quota and they are:
i) Institutions of public education level such as primary school, secondary school and missionary or independent schools (non-profit).
ii) Places of worships (registered with religious authority or local authority approval such as mosques, churches and temples.
iii) Registered welfare homes such as orphanages, nursing homes, disable children’s homes and old folk’s homes.
SEDA Malaysia would like to remind that the solar PV quota for the individuals in Sabah and Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan will be made available from 7 AM until 2 PM on 2nd of May 2014 using the e-FiT online system. The system will immediately pre-allocate quota upon fulfilment of the online requirements. Commencing 4 PM on 2nd of May 2014, solar PV individual quota applications for projects in Sabah and Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan could still be submitted via the e-Fit online system.
This is a new method called the e-FiT with New Queue System. In this method of application, the system will go through a new queuing system and solar PV service providers are required to secure a queue number in the e-FiT online system on the 19th of May 2014 starting from 10 AM until 5 PM. The quota will be allocated by the queue number assigned to each applicant. The table in the following page provides a schedule of FiT quota release for various RE resources and application methodologies for different regions.
The application Feed-in Approval by interested local community or industry players in Sabah and Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan will definitely help to promote sustainable energy and energy efficiency measures in the country. Malaysia’s Feed-in Tariff system requires the Distribution Licensees (DLs) such as Tenaga Nasional Berhad and NUR Distribution Sdn. Bhd. (NUR) and Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd (SESB) to buy from renewable energy producers the electricity produced by them. As of 2013, 1% surcharge was imposed on all electricity customers and domestic electricity consumers are obliged to contribute to the surcharge only if their monthly electricity consumption exceeds 300 kWh or RM 77 a month.
This money is channelled into the Renewable Energy Fund (KWTBB) and administered by SEDA Malaysia. However, as of January 2014, the surcharge increased to 1.6 % and this increase also affected the consumers in Sabah and Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan as they are charged with 1.6% of their electricity bills for the first time from RM69.00 above. Please refer to www.seda.gov.my for more news and information about this tariff. Thank you everyone for reading, take care and God bless you!