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Old June 23rd, 2011, 04:37 AM   #41
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RM2.2b solar drive
By Zaidi Isham IsmailPublished: 2011/06/23
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Germany’s Robert Bosch plans to invest RM2.2 billion to set up a photovoltaic plant in Penang, joining the ranks of other solar players such as Q-Cells Malaysia.

Petaling Jaya: Malaysia has strengthened its position as the world’s third largest hub for solar production with the latest entry by Germany’s Robert Bosch Gmbh which plans to invest RM2.2 billion to set up a photovoltaic plant in Batu Kawan, Penang.

The plant will be owned and managed by its Malaysian unit, Robert Bosch Sdn Bhd, with construction to start before year-end and due for completion by 2013.

Bosch will now join the ranks of other solar players which have set up plants in Malaysia such as Q-Cells Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

Robert Bosch (Southeast Asia)Pte Ltd president and managing
director Martin Hayes said the plant will serve the Asean market as well as compliment its seven photovoltaic plants in Europe.

It will also cater to the world market as well as help secure future photovoltaic businesses.

“The Asian solar market alone is expected to grow at an annual rate of 30 per cent.

“This plant will also help Europe meet its photovoltaic requirements of 32 gigawatts by 2015 from 2.3 gigawatts installed capacity right now,” Hayes told reporters at the company’s headquarters here yesterday.

The Penang plant will be Bosch’s first outside of Europe and also its first in Asia.

The integrated plant will make the entire spectrum of solar equipment such as wafers, ingots, solar cells and modules to be installed on roofs of private homes, companies or solar power plants to trim hefty electricity bills as well as reduce fossil fuel usage.

“Malaysia has been chosen from 23 countries due to its green policy and renewable energy focus, a committed government, experience in electrical, electronics and semiconductor industry, 45 industrial zones, good infrastructure and educational sector and an international ambience,” said Hayes, who is also Robert Bosch Sdn Bhd managing director.

He said once completed, the plant will have 2,000 associates working at the new site with a capacity of 640 megawatts a year enough to supply 165,000 homes in Europe and 300,000 homes in Malaysia.

Bosch Solar Energy entered the solar business in 2008. Right now, 60 per cent of its revenue for the solar business is generated in Germany, registering e900 million (RM3.96 billion) alone which is expected to rise to e1 billion (RM4.40 billion) this year.

Privately-held Bosch was founded by Robert Bosch 125 years ago and now has 283,500 associates and 300 subsidiaries in 150 countries with e47.3 billion (RM208 billion) in revenue last year.

Stuttgart-based Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technologies and services in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods and building technology.

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By FINTAN NG Thursday June 23, 2011
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Von Hebel: Production will start by the end of 2 013.

PETALING JAYA: Stuttgart-based technology company Robert Bosch GmbH is investing RM2.2bil in a solar panel manufacturing plant in Batu Kawan, Penang, to mainly serve Asia's growing demand for solar energy.

The new plant would provide employment opportunities for 2,000 people, which would be an increase of some 40% of Robert Bosch's current workforce in the country, said Robert Bosch solar energy division head and Bosch Solar Energy AG chairman, Holger von Hebel.

He said this at a briefing yesterday following the announcement of the company's results for the financial year ended Dec 31, 2010 (FY10).

The investment comes on the heels of a recent announcement to build another manufacturing facility in Venissieux, France, to serve the southern European markets.

Von Hebel said construction of the Batu Kawan plant, to be located on an 80-acre site, would begin before the end of this year, with production to start by the end of 2013.

He said the new plant would also support and deliver components to other plants in North America and Europe.

The venture, said to be one of the largest overseas investment ever made by Robert Bosch, would further cement the global strategy of the company's photovoltaics business and presence in Asia, where solar energy demand is expected to see an average annual growth of 30% in the coming years.

“The planned facility will cover the entire value-added chain, from silicon crystals known as ingots and solar cells to the modules which can be installed on roofs or in solar power plants,” von Hebel said.

He said the plant would have an annual capacity of 800 megawatts peak (MWp) for wafers and 620MWp peak for cells. This would be on top of producing solar power plants with a total output of 640MWp and module production lines of 150MWp.

According to von Hebel, the company expect sales from the solar energy division to exceed one billion euros this year.

“The decision to build a new site in Asia reflects general developments in the global market for photovoltaics. By 2020, total installed output in the region is expected to reach some 130 gigawatts peak,” he said.

He added that the company's main plant in Arnstadt, Germany, together with the Batu Kawan plant would complement each other and help secure the future of the photovoltaics business.

Robert Bosch (SEA) Pte Ltd and Robert Bosch Sdn Bhd managing director Martin Hayes said South-East Asia contributed RM2.07bil in sales turnover for FY10, with Malaysia contributing RM555mil, a 37% increase from FY09.

“Last year saw an outstanding performance for the region coming after the recession,” he said, adding that Malaysia was the second-largest contributor to Robert Bosch's sales in South-East Asia.
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Union wants to collaborate with varsity and hold green ICT seminar in Penang
Thursday June 23, 2011
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Partnership plan: Piket giving his address at the
opening of EU-Penang Day at the Town Hall, Penang


THE European Union (EU) looks forward to working closely with Penang on the green agenda, said its delegation to Malaysia head Vincent Piket.

Piket said the delegation aimed to partner with Penang on a ‘business-to-business’ platform to further green initiatives.

“We’re looking at organising a seminar on green ICT (information and communications technology).

“ICT is a big sector for this state. So, focusing on this sector and looking at how we can green this sector is one way (to forge this partnership),” he said.

“We also have a large research and development programme which prioritises energy efficiency and renewable energy and we hope to see a collaboration on this with Universiti Sains Malaysia,” he said at the Town Hall on Tuesday after the opening of the first EU-Penang Day.

Piket was among six EU ambassadors who came for the one-day event which was aimed at forging closer ties with Penang.

He said it was the first time the delegation had organise an outreach programme of this kind outside the Klang Valley.

He earlier led ambassadors Andrea Wicke (Austria), Marc Mullie (Belgium), Svend Weaver (Denmark), Paul Bekkers (the Netherlands) and Petru Petra (Romania) along with several EU honorary consuls for a breakfast with Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and state officials.

Lim, who also spoke at the opening ceremony, said the EU was Malaysia’s third largest export market, with exports there totalling RM68.7bil last year, almost 10% of the RM693bil in total exports.

He said the biggest export market was North Asia (RM223bil) followed by the Asean region (RM163bil).

He added that the state government and the EU delegation to Malaysia aimed to make the EU-Penang Day an annual affair.

During the day, Piket and the other ambassadors gave briefings on the history and workings of the EU and conducted a trade and investment gathering with the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry and investPenang.

There was also a friendly EU vs Penang futsal match at the Esplanade.

Piket at a later press conference revealed that the bilateral trade in goods between Malaysia and EU reached its highest ever with more than RM140bil last year.

The amount, he said, showed a significant increase in comparison to the previous year of 2009 which was RM108bil.

He said: “The trade involved was mainly on the natural resources and the electrical and electronic products. The natural resources were palm oil, timber and rubber.”

When asked on the projection for this year, Piket said: “We won’t do that, but I have no reason to think that we won’t be doing well.”
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RM200 rebate for energy-efficient electrical appliances
By RUBEN SARIO Updated: Thursday June 23, 2011 MYT 1:54:08 PM
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KOTA KINABALU: Malaysians, who purchase electrical appliances that have five-star rating in their energy efficiency use after July, can expect rebates of up to RM200.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Peter Chin said the rebates were part of Sustainability Achieved Via Energy Efficiency (SAVE) programme to be launched on July 7.

For a start, he said the rebates would be for refrigerators and freezers for the domestic sector and chillers for businesses.

“The rebates would be given at the point of sale and the retailers would then claim the amount from the Government,” he said after launching an energy efficiency forum here on Thursday.

Chin said the SAVE programme was among the initiatives undertaken as part of the National Key Economic Area (NKEA) through Entry Point Project 9.

He said the implementation of SAVE was possible with the Energy Commissions rating system of one to five stars for electrical appliances in the country.

To date, the rating is available for selected appliances including refrigerators, air conditioners, television sets and fans.
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Mitsubishi energy collaborates with SBC to explore biofuel alternatives
Posted on June 28, 2011, Tuesday
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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Mitsubishi Energy will collaborate with SBC to explore
the algal biodiversity in Sarawak for biofuels as a source of renewable energy.


KUCHING: Mitsubishi Corp Energy Business Group (Mitsubishi Energy), which is involved in the oil and gas industry in Bintulu, will collaborate with the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) to explore the algal biodiversity in Sarawak for biofuels as a source of renewable energy.

State Planning and Resource Management Minister II, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said such interest from renowned research institutions and pharmaceutical companies could be attributed to the state government’s efforts to ensure proper legislation under the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre Ordinance and Regulations, processes and facilities for research and development were in place.

“Because of this, research organisations feel secure to explore and harness the potential of biodiversity in Sarawak through partnership with SBC,” he said in his winding up speech at the State Legislative Assembly here yesterday.

Recommendations by SBC’s contacts had resulted in collaborations with prominent organisations such as Novartis, National Cancer Institute of the US, world class universities and multinational companies, he said.

Over the past six years, he said, SBC’s research had picked up momentum and its scope of work had also expanded from its initial focus on pharmaceuticals, which were long-term projects, to short-term applications in healthcare, flavours and fragances as well as biotechnology industry.

SBC, which accepted 20 industrial trainees from local and foreign higher institutions of learning each year, also hosted training attachments from foreign universities, including Yale and other foreign agencies such as the Bhutan Biodiversity Centre, he said.

“The attachments serve as a platform for knowledge sharing and capacity building of our own researchers as well.

“Four research officers had returned from their post-graduate studies in Scotland and South Australia,” he said.

Two more are registered with researchers at the Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak campus here for doctor of philosophy programme, he said.

He said SBC had also received recognition for its traditional knowledge documentation programme by becoming a model for other countries in Asia while government and non-governmental organisations from as far as Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and India had visited and took part in its workshops. — Bernama
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Govt to enact energy efficient law soon
Posted on June 25, 2011, Saturday
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry plans to enact an energy efficient (EE) law soon to push for EE in a big way, Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said on Friday night.

He said EE initiatives were in the supply side, while there was so much scope in the demand side currently.

Speaking at the “1Malaysia Gala Dinner in Celebration of the 20th Year of Support to the Malaysian French Business Trade” here, he invited French energy service companies to start operations in Malaysia, especially in initiating EE projects at the demand side.

Chin said the ministry would be launching the feed-in tariff mechanism in September.

He said renewable energy (RE) would be eligible for premium tariffs that would help surge RE in Malaysia. — Bernama
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Government Invites Suggestions On Ways To Improve Energy Efficiency
June 25, 2011 13:38 PM
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GEORGE TOWN, June 25 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Saturday called for suggestions from the private sector on ways to improve the efficiency of energy generation and utilisation, and mitigate the burden of businesses and the public.

He said adequate consultations between the government and private sector organisations at the national level would always be taken into account before any major changers were made to the infrastructure and public utility tariffs and subsidies.

"I understand the private sector's concern about the adverse impact on the cost of production as well as the cost of living as a result of the increase in electricity and gas tariffs," he said at the opening of the 65th Annual General Meeting of the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) here.

Meanwhile, he said the main hindrance to the country's economic transformation could well be complacency about the importance of human capital development in society.

Thus, he said, Malaysia must now embark on a more comprehesive programme to train the younger generation to be more inquisitive and dynamic in economic endeavours.

"Our young people should be more focused and hardworking to achieve a better quality of life for their own good, and for the wellbeing of the society as a whole," he said.

Muhyiddin said this could only be realised through acquiring knowledge that can be applied to improve products and services, to innovate and move up the value chain.

"We need a bigger pool of talent to generate momentum in R&D in various sectors of the economy, and in this respect, I urge the private sector to increase its investment in R&D," he added.

On the ACCCIM, he said the chambers had been very active over the decades not only in championing the cause of its members and the business community, but also in promoting the growth of the national economy in close cooperation with the federal government.

He also congratulated the ACCCIM for establishing its own Socio-Economic Research Centre (SERC) to provide proper research and up-to-date information on economic issues.

"The SERC will enable you to enhance the effectiveness of your representations as you engage the government and its agencies in discussions and dialogues," he added.

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Technology Park Malaysia - Solar Photovoltaic Grid Connected Power Plant
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PETALING JAYA — The Selangor State Development Corporation’s (PKNS) new RM90 million headquarters building, under construction in Shah Alam, will be completed early 2013, general manager Othman Omar said.

The building, named “Laman PKNS”, will be an extension of the renowned Shah Alam lake garden and is targeted to become Malaysia’s Green Building Index (GBI) gold-certified building.

“Laman PKNS is a 24-month project which will begin early next year. It will become a new green building icon for the city,” he said at a media briefing on Thursday.

The project, sprawled over 1.84 hectares in Section 14, Shah Alam, consist of four blocks of buildings with a total gross floor area of 320,312 sq ft.

He said the architecture of the building would be such that it would minimise the existence of the building by giving back to the public the green area borrowed for the development in the form of green roof top for civic use.

Othman also said renewable energy aspects like photovoltaic cells and rain harvesting initiatives would be incorporated in the building design.

“This development will eventually add an additional 1.12 hectares of green area to the city apart from its iconic-designed green building features,” he said.

Othman said the corporate office would be divided according to its operational functions, with the ground floor doubling up as a semi-public zone.

It will comprise an auditorium, multi-purpose banquet hall and the roof for recreational activities which could be adapted to become a mini concert amphitheatre or open cinema.

Othman said PKNS’s existing 30-year-old headquarters, situated on a four-hectare site near PJ Hilton Hotel in Petaling Jaya, would be redeveloped into a commercial property.

“The project is still in the early stages of discussions,” he said. — Bernama

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GREEN LIGHTS
2011/06/28 By Noel Achariam
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The LED light on the right is demonstrably brighter than the yellow-tinted
sodium light on the left. It also gives wider coverage for half the energy
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SUBANG JAYA: The Works Ministry and Royal Philips Electronics have embarked on a pilot project to light up three of the city's major highways, which add up to 63.1km.

The project, launched on Monday by Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor, will see Jalan Subang, Federal Highway and Middle Ring Road (MRR2) illuminated by Philips LED (light-emitting diode) road-lighting technology.

At the launch on a stretch of Jalan Subang. it was demonstrated that the Philips LED light source shone brighter than the yellow-tinted sodium light on the highway. The LED light also surpassed the sodium light in coverage.

Shaziman said the government was working hard to promote green technology and reduce carbon emission.

"In 2009, the government asked the Works Ministry to reduce carbon emission by 40 per cent. Since then, we have embarked on several projects. For this one, we are replacing the sodium light bulb with the eco-friendly Philips LED light," he said.

Shaziman said the LED light would cut energy consumption by 50 per cent as well as reduce carbon emission by 50 per cent.

"The government is spending RM26 million a year to light up the roads in the country.

"It costs RM780,000 a year to light up the three highways. With this technology. the amount will be reduced by half. We have also not incurred any extra costs," he said.

Shaziman said the ministry would see how the pilot project fared before it considered extending the project to other parts of the country,

"We have to wait for motorists' response. If the feedback is good, we might look at other areas," he said.

Philips LED road lights emit high-quality, neutral cool white light and meets road lighting requirements and performance.

Philips Malaysia Lighting general manager Vennila Rajamanickam said a Philips LED light used 186 watts while a sodium light consumed 445 watts.

"The Philips LED light is also brighter and covers a larger area. People are more visible under its white light. This has helped authorities in other countries reduce crime by 30 per cent," he said.

The contract between Philips and the Works Ministry is a milestone that would help the government to accelerate the implementation of energy-efficient initiatives.

The project would ensure that urban areas are vibrant and liveable and enhance Malaysians' confidence in public safety, as part of the 10th Malaysia Plan.

Philips Lighting Emerging Markets senior vice-president and general manager Olivier Piccolin said the cool white LED light that added beauty to landmarks such as the KL Tower, National Science Tower and KLCC would also make the streets and cityscape shine.

"It also enhances the overall image of the city and improves road safety and comfort."

Piccolin said switching to energy-efficient lighting systems for public infrastructure was a triple-win move that improved safety and security, beautified the city and reduced energy consumption.

He said the switch would also help the country to achieve green solutions status, as envisioned in the 10th Malaysia Plan.
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Naza sponsors solar car for varsity students
Wednesday July 6, 2011
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Solar propelled: SM Faisal (4th from right) looking at the solarpowered car
designed by Taylor’s University for the upcoming Shell Eco Marathon Asia
2011. He also presented a RM65,000 cheque to the university.


PETALING JAYA: Naza World sponsored RM65,000 for Taylor’s University students to build a solar-powered car for the upcoming Shell Eco Marathon Asia 2011.

“Naza is proud to support and encourage the aspirations of Malaysia’s youth. Our contribution in this endeavour is well worthwhile as it is in line with our hope that one day our roads will have energy efficient vehicles that enable better conservation of our environment.

“We are always eager to play a role in integral projects such as this that provide the automotive industry with greener options for the future,” Naza group of companies joint group executive chairman Datuk Wira SM Faisal SM Nasimuddin said.

Taylor’s University vice-chancellor and president Prof Datuk Dr Hassan Said added: “As we continue to push the limits through the use of Project Based Learning, we truly appreciate industry players coming forward to support us as we pursue our journey to develop graduates who are highly sought after by top employers, graduates who will be able to contribute positively toward making Malaysia a high income nation.”

The Shell Eco Marathon Asia will be held for the second time in Malaysia from July 6-9 in the Sepang International Circuit.

The Naza World-Taylor’s Eco Team is one of the 121 teams from various universities taking part in the challenge which has two categories – urban and prototype.

The team comprises five first-year students from Taylor’s University School of Engineering.

The winning vehicle will be the one that achieves the greatest distance using the least amount of energy.

The competition is held annually in America, Europe and Asia. This is the second time it is held in Asia.
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Govt looks at additional 1% levy for renewable energy
By LEONG HUNG YEE Thursday July 14, 2011
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PETALING JAYA: An additional 1% levy to cover cost associated with the feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for renewable energy (RE) will be suggested next year on top of the 1% levy to be implemented from Sept 1, says Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry (KeTTHA) deputy secretary-general Badaruddin Mahyuddin.

“The 1% levy on consumers using above 300kWh (kilowatt-hour) per month starting Sept 1 is for the RE fund.

“Another 1% will be suggested to be a levy on the same group of consumers to help funding for solar energy next year,” Badaruddin said when contacted yesterday.

On Tuesday, Badaruddin said the ministry had proposed to the Cabinet the introduction of another 1% levy for solar power generation. However, he said KeTTHA would have to “go back to the Cabinet next year” to present the additional 1% levy as it was not on an automatically approved basis.

The Government had earlier announced an average electricity tariff hike by 7.12% from June. The increase comprised a 5.12% hike to reflect the upward revision of natural gas price to the power sector, and a 2% rise in base tariff for Tenaga Nasional Bhd to partly recover from the higher of cost of power supply since June 2006.

Badaruddin said households consuming 200kWh or less a month would not be affected by the RE levy. In total, 4.4 million households or 75% of Malaysians will not be affected.

Asked if the levy of 1% to be implemented in Sept 1 was part of the 7.12% hike or an additional 1% on top of the hike, Badaruddin said: “Yes, the 1% for RE fund will be additional, to be levied on consumers using 301kWh and above per month, come Sept 1.”

“The tariff increase is 7.12%, the 1% is considered as a levy to help boost our country's RE programme,” he said.

Badaruddin said the ministry was currently working for the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) to be set up so that the governing body could implement RE measures by Sept 1.

Seda will be responsible to manage the FiT mechanism for RE in the country as well as to award licences to renewable energy players for the production of RE.

Badaruddin said although the Government had announced a tariff hike recently, the 1% levy for RE had not been incorporated into consumers' bills.

“Seda will only get the 1% levy from September. However, to kickstart the RE, the Government will allocate RM189mil to finance the higher rates that TNB will be paying for RE,” he said.
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Cypark gets nod to build renewable energy parks
Published: 2011/07/21
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KUALA LUMPUR: Cypark Resources Bhd has obtained the greenlight from the Negri Sembilan government to develop three integrated renewable energy parks (RE parks), including one in Pajam.

"With the three sites, Cypark is poised to deliver its 50MW within its three-year renewable energy project delivery plan with potential concession revenue of above RM60 million annually," Cypark chairman and founder Tan Sri Razali Ismail said in a statement yesterday.

The Pajam Integrated renewable energy Park is one of entry point projects under government's Economic Transformation Programme.

Razali said the Negri Sembilan government had given written approval to Cypark to lease the closed landfill site in Pajam and develop the renewable energy park for 21 years.

The approval was given together with two other sites in the same state.

He said Cypark had yet to sign the renewable energy purchase agreement with Tenaga Nasional Bhd. Under the recently passed renewable energy Act, renewable energy developers like Cypark can benefit from a fixed feed-in tariff for 21 years.

Cypark plans to develop renewable energy with total generating capacity of 100MW by 2015.

If the project is implemented in full, the 100MW green energy is expected to generate additional revenue of up to RM130 million annually.

The green energy will include waste biomass, landfill gas and solar as feedstock to its proposed renewable energy plants.

Meanwhile, on the safe closure of 16 unsanitary landfills across the country, Razali said it was progressing well.

"The government has mandated Cypark with some additional variation order works," he said.

The company also expects to secure more projects and replenish its order book from several large proposals already submitted to the government.

These proposals include upgrading and closing landfills and building and operating new sanitary landfills using Cypark's biocell technology, which reduces landfill operating cost and increases its lifespan significantly. - Bernama
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Renewable energy levy on heavy power users
2011/07/22 By Ooi Tee Ching
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KUALA LUMPUR: Consumers in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah,whose monthly electricity bills exceed RM77, will pay an additional one per cent levy to subsidise renewable energy producers, starting September.

Initially, it was thought that consumers would only have to start paying the levy from January next year.

“Those who use more than 300 kilowatt hours or whose monthly bill is more than RM77 will be considered heavy energy users and will be levied,” said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui.

He said the Sustainable Energy Development Authority was tasked with collecting the renewable energy (RE) levy. It will also oversee the implementation of feed-in tariffs (FiT).

Chin said FiT essentially guaranteed green power producers a premium selling price over that generated from depleting and finite sources such as oil, gas and coal.

Power generated from sustainable sources that will benefit from FiT include that of hydro, solar, biomass and biogas.

The FiT can, on a cumulative basis until 2020, prevent the emission of about 46 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from conventional power generation. This is achievable if and when Malaysia generates at least 3,000 megawatts of green power.

“Tenaga Nasional Bhd is able to collect RM300 million per year on behalf of the government to fund these green power producers,” he said after officiating at a power generation and distribution event here ye s t e r d ay.

Chin said that Sarawak was exempted from the RE levy because the state had its own electricity supply l aw s.

The Renewable Energy Act 2010 refers to the Electricity Supply Act under the purview of the Federal Gover nment.

“Consumers in Sarawak are not affected because the Renewable Energy Act’s FiT are only applicable to Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia.

“Also, RE producers using biomass and hydro in Sarawak do not benefit from FiT.” Since last Saturday, electricity rates in Sabah and Labuan have gone up by 15 per cent.

This follows the June 1 electricity and gas tariff hikes nationwide.

Manufacturers, who make up more than 40 per cent of TNB’s clientele, are likely be hit hard by the RE levy.

Chin acknowledged that the largest contributor to the levy would be the industrial sector.

“We ’ve conducted dialogues with heavy power users, like manufacturers and shopping mall owners.

“Although some have expressed reservations, they have generally accepted this eventuality.

“We ’re going to apply the Renewable Energy Act. If we renege on it, the renewable energy producers can sue the government.” Chin said the RE levy collected that was not used this year would be carried forward to next year.

“It all depends on the amount we can collect, which will be disbursed.

We don’t want to keep the money.”
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Energy Efficiency Master Plan for Cabinet soon
20th July, 2011
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PUTRAJAYA: The National Energy Efficiency Master Plan (NEEMP) that will strategize Malaysia’s efforts in addressing energy security, global warming and climate change issues, has been finalised.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Loo Took Gee said the Peer Review Team from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) had also reviewed the plan.

“We take positively their comments and confidence in this master plan. It would be submitted to the Cabinet very soon,” she said when launching the Asean Energy Management Scheme (AEMAS) and Conference here yesterday.

With the NEEMP, she said, Malaysia would have a comprehensive and systematic approach towards energy efficiency.

“The master plan would also complement many energy efficiency initiatives that have been carried out in the past with notable achievements,” she said.

Malaysia is committed to reducing emissions intensity of its GDP by up to 40 per cent by 2020.

On AEMAS, Loo said the establishment was to increase energy efficiency in industries in the ASEAN region through training and accreditation of energy managers on a large scale and the certification of energy end-users.

She said the main objectives of the AEMAS were to reduce energy consumption in the industrial sector in ASEAN, to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in ASEAN, and to increase the professional standing of accredited energy managers.

“The launch of the Malaysian Chapter of AEMAS marks an important milestone that will support our transition to an energy efficient nation, as we place priority on the need for human capital competency and the drawing up of a code of practices to use technology effectively.

“We are confident that AEMAS has the capability to facilitate such efforts which will create the critical mass required for human capacity in promoting energy efficiency and conservation to ensure energy security for our country,” she said.

Loo said the government had established the Green Technology Financing Scheme (GTFS) with a RM1.5 billion fund to provide soft loans with an interest subsidy of two per cent to companies.

“It is for companies that supply, utilise and promote green technology, including energy efficiency and conservation,” she said.

Under the GTFS which commenced on Jan 1, 2010, suppliers are able to obtain loans of up to RM50 million and for consumers up to RM10 million.
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Green technology main topic for ministerial roundtable
Published: Tuesday July 26, 2011 MYT 2:48:00 PM
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PUTRAJAYA: The importance of green technology application in handling environmental and climate change issues will be the main topic at a roundtable here involving energy ministers from the region and beyond, in September.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said as of July 17, ministers from India, Algeria, Singapore, Brunei and Cambodia have confirmed their attendance at the roundtable on Sept 8, which is held in conjunction with the 2011 International Green Tech & Eco-Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM).

The four-day IGEM, from Sept 7, will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Chin expects Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Indonesia to confirm in the near future.

"IGEM's theme this year is 'A Green New Deal: The Next Frontier.' Apart from creating consumer and industrial awareness on the application of green technology, the event also encourages the development of entrepreneurs in the field through business to business promotions," he said after the ministry's monthly gathering here Tuesday.

A total of 282 exhibitors have registered as of July 18 and 222 more have booked their places, he said.

Twenty-five local and international speakers have confirmed the presentation of their conference working papers with the topic "Green Business: the Economy of the Future."

IGEM is divided into three sections - exhibition, conference and ministerial roundtable. - Bernama
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SELANGOR SCIENCE PARK 2 - Malaysia's First Solar City
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Located in Cyberjaya within greater Kuala Lumpur, SSP2 covers an area of 1,300 acres. Situated 20 minutes from the fedaral capital of Kuala Lumpur and 10 minutes from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, SSP2 is an integrated mixed urban development with high tech industrial, commercial, residential and recreational & leisure components with easy access to the rest of greater Kuala Lumpur via a network of highways.



An international investment destination, SSP2 is expected to generate more than 20,000 jobs. Notable in SSP2 is world leading solar panel manufacturer Q-Cells, headquartered in Germany. Strategic alliances have also been formed with Andaman Realty to build SEGi University College's 7th campus and hostel while it is expected that Al Madinah International University will be setting up in SSP2 soon. To date, PKNS has invested more than RM800 million (more than USD250 million) on infrastructure and ICT development. SOHO @ SSP2 comprises high rise residences and comtemporary SOHO suites nestled in an infrastructure-rich environment complete with full recreational facilities designed for entrepreneurs, professionals and international students.
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May 7, 2010, Friday
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia needs more exposure in the field of green technology transfer, human resource and capacity building in order to become a regional leader, according to the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC).Its general manager Thomas Brandt said local companies could source knowledge and expertise by collaborating with leading manufacturers, suppliers, institutions and associations in Europe.

“Germany as the leading country in energy policies and unequalled introduction of renewable energies (REs), can provide practical examples of what can be done,” he said at briefing here yesterday.

Brandt said the sector has proven to be the only one experiencing, tremendous growth over the past decade and despite the economic climate.

“Therefore, we believe it has plenty to offer Malaysia, a country with an abundance of sunshine to generate energy security and become the new economic sector,” he said.

Meanwhile, Brandt pointed out that RE in Germany rose from 6.3 per cent in 2000 to over 16 per cent in 2009.

He said job opportunities in the sector in Germany had grown from 30,000 employees in 1998 to 300,000 in 2010, and expected to grow by 500,000 by 2020.

“The share of RE in Europe is due to rise by 20 per cent by 2020. The European Union (EU) policies are now focused on developing and strengthening the importance of photovoltaic as solar thermal usage,” he explained.

Brandt said solar thermal energy would cover an estimated 12 per cent of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation projects.

He said almost 40 per cent of the total energy is used in buildings and therefore, the conversion of solar energy into heat, is a major factor.

The solar heating is usable then for both water and space heating, as well as cooling, with latest transmission technologies.

“There are a lot of things that can be learnt,” he added.

In another development, the MGCC is planning to bring between 20-25 local companies to Germany from June 8-16, to gain the latest insights on European and worldwide policies on green policies.

The programme also allows Malaysian entrepreneurs to gather the latest technologies, products and services at the Intersolar Europe 2010 exhibition, the meeting point for the international solar industry, showcasing 1,800 exhibitors.

The delegation will also visit the Solar Town in Freiburg and the Photovoltaic-Solar Research Institute. — Bernama
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Green technology among priority areas in 2011 Budget
Published: 2010/07/07
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THE government wants the country to go green and will use the Prime Minister's office as a benchmark.

Green technology will be one of the priority areas in the 2011 Budget, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.

"We need to go green. We have to provide enough incentives for the private and public sectors to invest in green technology," he said in his closing remarks at the 2011 Budget consultation in Putrajaya yesterday.

Najib said the Cabinet has recently approved that the Prime Minister's office be a green building. The project is being implemented.

"I am very keen to see what is happening in my office."

Najib, who is also Finance Minister, was pleased with yesterday's discussions that attracted 455 participants from government agencies, government-linked companies (GLCs), business and corporate bodies, professional organisations, chambers of commerce and industry, academia and non-governmental organisations.

The ministry received 64 memorandums covering a wide spectrum of macro-economics, sectoral and social issues.

"They're very useful ideas that we can pick up. I will combine these with the initiatives carried out by the National Key Economic Areas labs," he said.

Najib said 10 broad areas were identified for discussions. They included human capital for the new economy, smart partnership, private investment, seizing local opportunities, enhancing renewable energy and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

During the nearly three-hour closed-door meeting, there was a call for greater clarity and certainty on the timeline for the government's decision as well as greater public sector efficiency to cascade to the state level and local authorities.

More tax incentives and direct funding should also be made available to boost research and development.

On human capital, life-long education will be addressed to strengthen the quality of education at all levels.

"There is a need for us to encourage CSR activities among our companies to look after the welfare of their employees," Najib said.

He said in some sectors like plantation, there is a need to enhance support that has been given to employees.
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Germany keen to help churn out green technology engineers in Malaysia
July 16, 2010, Friday
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KUANTAN: Germany is keen to cooperate with Malaysia’s tertiary institutions in producing engineers to develop green technology in this country.

German Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Gunter Georg Gruber said the green technology that ensured sustainable development and conserved the environment would become important for a developing country such as Malaysia. 1Hence, he said, Malaysia must to start develop the technology at the grassroots level, which was among its students to shape the development for the future generation.

“Malaysian students are welcomed to pursue their studies in Germany as our country is not only interested to share our world-class education but also prefer to forge a long-term relationship,” he told reporters after attending a German Day at Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) here, yesterday.

The programme is part of UMP’s internationalisation policy and agenda in developing strategic partners across the globe. Six German-based companies, BASF Petronas Chemicals Sdn Bhd, Elektrisola (M) Sdn Bhd, SGL Group, Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Q-Cells Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd also took part in the programme.

Gruber said it took Germany 40 years to develop the technology using alternative and clean resources to produce renewable energy.

He said about 80 per cent of the industries now used green technology, noting that Germany was a highly industrialised nation.

“I believe Malaysia will be able to achieve this in 10 years as it has a large pool of smart people who, with proper training and guidance, can help make this possible,” he said. — Bernama
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Green technology to power 11% of electricity generated nationwide by 2020
Wednesday September 29, 2010
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MUAR: A target has been set for 2080 megawatts or 11% of all the electricity generated nationwide by 2020 to be sourced from environment-friendly renewable energy, said Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui.

This was in line with a framework of the 10th Malaysia Plan (2011-2015) announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak which gave emphasis to the use of such energy, he added.

“Although the application of green technology is still new in our country, we should not lag in taking advantage of opportunities to introduce green technology products,” he added.

Chin said this in a speech at the opening of a new building of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in Jalan Temenggung, Muar, by the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, here yesterday.

The text of his speech was read out by the deputy minister, Noriah Kasnon.

Also present were the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman and TNB chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie.

In Kuala Lumpur, Chin said public consultation was crucial before the country decide on having a nuclear power plant.

He added that a timeline from now until 2015 had been set to have nationwide consultations on the proposal.

“At the end of the day, if the public does not wish for a nuclear reactor, we will respect that decision,” he told reporters at the National Water and Utilities Summit here yesterday.

On another matter, Chin said Malaysians might have to bear with higher water tariffs in the future.

He added that state-owned water utility operators needed to repair or replace old water pipes, in which a substantial amount of expenditure would be needed.
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MDV allocates RM300m for green techology
Published: 2011/05/03
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Malaysia Debt Ventures Bhd (MDV), owned by the Minister of Finance Incorporated, is allocating RM300 million this year for
its newly launched Green Technology Financing Programme.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Md Zubir Ansori Yahaya said under the programme, MDV would work together with Malaysia Green Technology Corp, to identify potential green certified companies for financial assistance.

"Green technology is a key driver in the nation's development and an impetus for change in the world.

"Malaysia is well positioned to be a global leader in green technology. We are committed to playing a role in this growth industry, towards a sustainable future for Malaysia," he told reporters after the launch of the programme here, today.

The Green Technology Financing programme is MDV's third focus area, following Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Biotechnology.

The MDV programme is for local green technology companies growing beyond the pre-commercialisation stage.

With the new loan facility, eligible companies are able to receive contract financing from as low as RM250,000, with financing margins of up to 85 per cent of the contract value and loan tenure periods of up to 10 years.

"At MDV, we work hard to fill in the funding gaps in the financial ecosystem while providing financing for high growth in emerging sectors like ICT, biotechnology and green technology," Zubir added.

To make the loan process easier for potential borrowers, it has been simplified, taking no more than 45 working days upon submission with complete company and project documentation.

Beyond funding facilities, MDV also provides value-added services to its clients, ranging from advisory services to guidance in industry best practices. -- Bernama
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Chin: Ministry Supports Melaka Playing A Wider Role In Green Technology Agenda
March 28, 2011 17:22 PM
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MELAKA, March 28 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Energy,Green Technology and Water fully supports Melaka's intention to play a wider role in the green technology agenda and be an example for other states.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said Melaka and the other states are being asked to cooperate with the Federal government in implementing green technology.

"It is hoped that green technology, which can help overcome any negative impact to the environment in future, can also drive the country's economy," he said in his speech, while officiating a seminar on Melaka as a progressive and green technology state in Ayer Keroh here today.

The two-day seminar on green technology is also being attended by Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, and more than 200 participants, including 20 specialists in the field.

They will come up with a green technology development plan to be implemented by the state government.

Chin said the ministry will have discussions either twice or thrice annually with the Melaka state government, which was recently recognised by the Federal government as the country's green technology centre.

He said at present various green technology initiatives had been implemented in Putrajaya and Cyberjaya and the efforts encompass the key sectors including renewable energy, recycling, building and transport.

He added that the Ministry and the Malaysia Green Technology Corporation (Greentech Malaysia) had held energy and water consumption management programmes for a 10 per cent savings at government buildings in Putrajaya.

"This is the easiest step towards achieving the goal of energy and water efficiency," he said.

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SWM plans solar power for landfills
Published: 2011/03/14
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SWM Environment Sdn Bhd (SWM), the solid waste management and public cleansing concessionaire for the Southern Region (Johor, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan), is exploring projects utilising green technology for implementation in the waste management industry.

As the largest operator of landfills in Malaysia, SWM has initiated plans to apply solar photovoltaic technology in all the landfills it op erates, to generate renewable energy.


SWM Head of Technical and Project Unit, W.M. Ng said to start with, the company will embark on a solar photovoltaic pilot plant in its flagship sanitary landfill facility, the Seelong Environmental Centre in Johor Bahru District, to produce two megawatt (MW) of renewable energy.

He added that upon successful implementation, SWM will expand the solar photovoltaic project to cover all the 20 disposal facilities under its management, in the Southern Region.

"This project will complement the existing Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project at the Seelong Environmental Centre, which has been operational since 2008 and registered by the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The landfill gas is utilised for conversion to carbon credits, with a potential for renewable energy generation of up to 10MW," he said in a statement to Bernama here today.

He also said in addition to the existing renewable energy projects which SWM has been pioneering since 2000, several large scale renewable energy plants using the latest state of the art and proven technology, are already in the final stages of negotiation.

According to Ng, the total combined potential renewable energy generation from the integrated facilities by SWM is approximately 120 MW, and will be implemented in line with the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) mechanism under the Renewable Energy Act, whereby excess power from sources of renewable energy can be sold to the utility companies.

"This will contribute significantly to the government’s objective to meet its renewable energy obligations and commitments via the Green Initiatives in line with the Economic Transformation Program (ETP)," he said. -- Bernama
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Green the way to go for 10MP
By TEH ENG HOCK Friday May 20, 2011
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BANTING: Projects under the 10th Malaysia Plan are set to incorporate green technology elements.

Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said the ministry aimed to achieve a target of 40% for green technology-derived projects.

“The ministry is open to new technology, particularly in engineering and construction.

“We have identified 11 buildings and five roads that will use green technology.

“Some of the projects are in the tender stage while others are in the design phase,” he said after launching Naue Asia's production plant in Teluk Panglima Garang near here yesterday.

Buildings that would involve green technology included schools, polytechnics, courts and hospitals, while the proposed roads were in Kelantan, Pahang and Negri Sembilan.

Shaziman said previously, the cost of green technology construction cost 15% to 20% more than conventional means.

“But in the long term, green technology methods can result in savings derived from lower energy consumption,” he added.

On the RM50mil production plant, Shaziman said it would be the first located outside Germany for the 43-year-old company.

The Naue group of companies is a world market leader in the development, production and application of geosynthetics.

“I am happy that a renowned German company has opened here. It wants to make Malaysia the geosynthethic hub to the Asia and Oceania markets.

“That shows its belief in the potential of Malaysia,” he said.
M’sia aims to be hub for green tech
Tuesday August 16, 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia aims to become a global hub for green technology and to tap into its fast growing market.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said the upcoming International Greentech and Eco Products Exhibition and Conference (IGEM 2011) would help the country realise the goal by becoming an avenue for purchasing and networking of green technology.

“IGEM as a brand name is catching on among the green fraternity in Malaysia,” said Chin in his speech at a media preview of IGEM 2011 here yesterday.

The exhibition will be held for three days starting on Sept 7 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
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Solar hybrid system lights up two villages in Sabah
Tuesday August 16, 2011
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UNTIL August last year, the residents of two villages, Kampung Tanjung Batu Laut and Kampung Tanjung Batu Darat, were largely dependent on individual diesel generators for their power needs.

In most cases, the generators are only operational for six to eight hours and they were primarily used in the evenings by the settlement of 127 houses.

For many long-time residents, it was a disheartening sight to see electric lights emitting from the heart of Sandakan town, which is just a 20-minute boat ride away.

With the completion of a solar hybrid system, these villages now enjoy continuous electricity supply.

The key components of the system include a solar farm, a battery storage facility and a diesel generator.

During the day, energy derived from the solar panel is generated and distributed.

If there is no solar source, the diesel generator takes over to provide the energy needs. The ratio between the renewable energy and diesel is 50:50.

Upon its completion, the system is handed over to Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd for operations and maintenance.

Previously, residents have been dependent on individual diesel generators. This method requires regular maintenance and fuel supply, which can be a costly bane for many residents.

Resident Kulaling Lakibol said living conditions was much improved with the solar hybrid system.

“The supply is consistent and the rate is much cheaper with individual meters,” he said.

He added that many residents now own electrical items such as televisions, refrigerators and washing machines.

The solar hybrid system is an alternative solution in providing electricity supply to areas where the grid connection is not easily available. Typically, this option is utilised for mountainous landscapes, islands, or areas deep in the interior.

The two villages are amongst the 27,209 households connected with 24-hour electricity supply as part of the GTP implementation last year.

This year, the target is to provide additional 26,882 households with round-the-clock electricity supply.

The rural electricity programmes are part of the Rural Basic Infrastructure NKRA, which is coordinated by the Rural and Regional Development Ministry, which includes building & upgrading of rural roads, rural water supply, and housing assistance programme.
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Fong to head green energy authority
Tuesday August 16, 2011
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...&if_height=647

PUTRAJAYA: MCA presidential council member Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn has been appointed chairman of the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda).

In a statement, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin said Seda’s members would include those from the Economic Planning Unit, the Prime Minister’s Department and his ministry.

Three other appointed members from the industry are Datuk Kok Soo Chon, Dr Pola Singh and Datuk Mohd Salleh Mahmud.

Seda is the governing body that would manage the feed-in-tariff (FiT) mechanism for renewable energy (RE) in the country.

Seda will also manage and award licences for renewable energy players for the production of RE.
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