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Old June 9th, 2011, 06:21 PM   #21
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Malaysia university campus start to install green energy devices such as solar powered street lighting in their campus.The good example solar power street lightings within campus is located at KLIU or IKRAM, Serdang (nearby UNITEN campus).

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Solar panels for every home
By KHARLEEZ ZUBIN Friday June 10, 2011
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HOUSEHOLDS may soon be able to apply for bank loans to purchase solar panels for their homes.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said the ministry was discussing the details with Bank Negara.

“We have not fixed a date for this but we are currently pursuing details and mechanism to enable households to obtain loans from banks,” he said.

He said the soft loan scheme was a government initiative towards reducing energy consumption and efficient energy usage.

He told a press conference this after launching the Green Building Index (GDI) Industrial New Construction Rating Tool and Industrial Existing Building Rating Tool recently at a hotel in Brickfields.

However, government efforts to get consumers to look at alternative energy were hampered by the lack of hire purchase schemes to buy solar panels, he said.

“Banks are reluctant to finance the purchase of solar panels because if consumers default on their monthly payments, they would be landed with the gadgets due to the absence of a secondary market.”

“We are also working on creating a secondary market for solar panels,” he said without giving details.

According to ministry officials, each solar panel which can produce 1kilowatt of electricity costs around RM15,000.

“An average household needs something like three to four kilowatts per day,” he said, adding consumers could alternate between using solar energy and the existing energy source.

“It is a one off investment and after the payments are settled energy is free,” he said, adding consumers could also sell back to Tenaga Nasional Bhd unused electricity at a higher rate than what they are currently paying for.

According to the officials, the price of solar panels was dropping due to competition and government incentives.

The price of a RM15,000 solar panel used to cost about RM30, 000 five years ago.

Earlier in his speech, Chin said the government had carried out many efforts to promote green buildings.

“The Low Energy Office (LEO) which houses my ministry was the first energy efficient building by the Government which won the Asean Energy Award in 2005.”

Chin later gave away prizes to recipients of GBI certification. GBI is the agency, which certifies green building.

Among the winners were the Energy Commission, which won the GBI Platinum Award and the first building in the country to be GBI certified, the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation.
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http://www.phoenixsolar.com/business...currentPage=14
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Located in the Malaysian federal administrative centre of Putrajaya, the Suruhanjaya Tenaga (ST - Energy Commission) building stands as a model of energy efficiency in building as it is the first truly green building in Malaysia. And part credit for this goes to an innovative Malaysian company by the name of Solamas.

A company dedicated to the promotion of solar energy, Solamas was founded five years ago, during a time when solar power was still a little known and little regarded science in Malaysia. Of course in the space of these five years, more and more people and organisations have been made aware of the power of the sun, which in turn has enabled Solamas to gain a reputation as a leading systems integrator of solar power solutions.

While it is one thing to integrate solar power solutions for houses, street lamps, and even plantations - which Solamas has done with great aplomb - it is another to be chosen to be involved in the construction of the most ambitious green building in the country. But that was exactly what happened when Solamas - along with its partner Phoenix Solar - won the tender to design, install and commission the solar photovoltaic system for the Energy Commission of Malaysia’s new headquarters.

There is no other way to put it than to say that the coup was definitely a feather in the cap for Solamas, and recognition for its expertise in the field of systems integration. The ST Building is a landmark project which has been designed to be a smart building - using environment monitoring which maximises the use of sunlight to save on energy costs while keeping heat out. As such, it is constructed to reduce on energy costs while boosting energy efficiency, making it a model for sustainable building in Malaysia, and is thus a prime candidate for the prestigious Green Mark Platinum award from Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority.

Another coup that Solamas managed to perform was in getting First Solar to provide the modules used for the PV panels. According to Lionel Yap, Solamas’ founder and General Manager, the modules selected were “state-of-the-art Cadmium Telluride (CDTe) thin film PV modules from First Solar.”

Mr. Yap further explained that, “Thin film technology outperforms conventional crystalline silicon technology in hot tropical conditions, making it an ideal choice for Malaysia.” One point of interest is the fact that the project is almost entirely Malaysian. One of the systems integrator - Solamas - is a Malaysian company, and what’s more, the modules used come from First Solar’s manufacturing plant in Kulim, Kedah. It should also be noted that the ST Building is the first commercial building in South East Asia to use First Solar modules.

With a reputation for providing innovative solar PV systems and solutions to meet the specific needs of clients. Solamas has gained the deserved reputation for being the go-to people for a wide variety of solar power solutions - from small consumer products to large scale systems integration.
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Teknologi hijau main peranan dalam ekonomi baharu


Peter Chin Fah Kui (tiga dari kiri) melihat model bangunan Suruhanjaya
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KUALA LUMPUR - Teknologi hijau akan memainkan peranan yang penting dalam model ekonomi baharu kerana ia akan menjadi jentera pertumbuhan baharu negara ini, kata Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air, Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui.

"Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak mahu menggalakkan penggunaan teknologi hijau untuk mendorong pertumbuhan ekonomi dalam model ekonomi baharu."Kami membincangkan tentang pertumbuhan hijau dan pembiayaan hijau dan bagaimana ia boleh dilakukan menerusi proses pembangunan hijau.

"Berikutan perbincangan tersebut, kerajaan baru-baru ini telah mengumumkan peruntukan sejumlah RM1.5 bilion sebagai pinjaman kepada syarikat-syarikat yang membekalkan dan menggunakan teknologi hijau.

"Bilangan syarikat mungkin tidak banyak, tetapi jika ramai yang menggunakannya dari industri ini, saya yakin RM1.5 bilion itu akan ditambah.

"Teknologi hijau boleh menjadi pemangkin untuk mendorong industri," katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan Pameran dan Persidangan Teknologi Hijau dan Produk Eko Antarabangsa di sini hari ini.

Fah Kui berkata, inisiatif ini diambil untuk mempercepatkan pembangunan teknologi hijau.

Beliau berkata, kerajaan akan mengambil langkah untuk mempromosi Malaysia sebagai hab teknologi hijau dan perkhidmatan berkaitan.

"Melihat kepada pertumbuhan kita dalam industri hijau, kita patut melihat banyak perubahan di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Ke-11.

"Teknologi hijau akan menjadi fokus ekonomi kita. Walau apa yang anda lakukan, kereta anda akan lebih efisyen, kita akan ada lebih banyak kereta elektrik dan hybrid.

"Pemaju perumahan akan membina lebih banyak rumah hijau apabila orang ramai menyedari kepentingan teknologi hijau," katanya.

Mengenai Persidangan Antarabangsa Teknologi Hijau dan Produk Eko, Fah Kui berkata, ia akan menjadi wadah ke arah perlaksanaan Dasar Teknologi Hijau Kebangsaan. - Bernama
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Renewable energy a growth sector for Malaysia
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THE renewable energy sector is fast gaining ground as a new growth area for many countries worldwide with the vast potential it presents environmentally and economically.

Renewable energy plays a major role in meeting a country’s energy needs, enabling businesses to reap energy cost savings and revenue while combating global warming.

On the homefront, renewable energy is seen as a growth sector that will help propel the country into a high-income economy.

The sector, however, is still relatively undeveloped in the country as reflected in the low achievement of renewable energy targets under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP).

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services associate director (sustainability and climate change) Mark Wong, the 9MP targeted the production of 350MW of grid-connected electricity from renewable sources, translating into 1.8% of electricity mix.

However, only 53MW was achieved by the end of 2009, or 15% of the targeted capacity,” he said.

The 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) re-emphasised the use of renewable energy to meet Malaysia’s growing energy demands, in particular hydro power for electricity generation and blending of biofuels for transport sector.

Two of the steps taken by the Government to help boost development in renewable energy sector is the plan to implement a feed-in tariff programme later this year and the mandatory blending of biofuels for transport sector in 2011.

Wong said renewable energy was expected to contribute about 6% of the country’s electricity production mix in the next five years and about 11% by 2020.

“Renewable energy is often perceived to be a green initiative that is something nice to do. What needs to be understood is that there is a strong business case for renewable energy sector in the long term,” he said.

Renewable energy advisor to the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry, Ahmad Hadri Haris, had said in a report that based on projections by experts, the sector could provide at least RM70bil worth of revenue for the private sector and potentially generate tax revenue of at least RM1.76bil for the Government by 2020.

Another economic and social benefit arising from the sector is job creation. Experts have estimated that at least 52,000 jobs could be created from the construction, operation and maintenance of renewable energy plants in the country by 2020.

ACCA Global head of sustainability and corporate social responsibility Henning Drager said there was a strong recognition that the dependence on fossil fuels needed to be curtailed. This is based on the Government’s support of renewables as reflected in the National Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan.

“Communities, industries, businesses and households need a reliable energy supply to prosper.

“Ramping up the renewable energy generation percentage is crucial if Malaysia is serious about reducing fossil fuels’ contribution to climate change, addressing energy security issues around importing oil and coal from unstable global regions, and the creation of skilled and unskilled jobs in the domestic renewables sector.”

Latest projections by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development is that renewable energy, especially solar power, could play a large role in Malaysia’s future energy generation. This is because the country is blessed with over 250 days of sunshine a year, thus providing great potential to meet the energy needs of businesses and communities.

Amsterdam-based international expert on corporate responsibility and sustainable development, Paul Hohnen, concurred.

He said the country’s challenges in the long term included the transition from its reliance on finite supplies of oil and gas to renewable sources such as solar power and also to ensure maximum diversity and sustainability of its ecosystems.

“At the end of the day, the sun is Malaysia’s greatest renewable asset. It sustainably powers forests and farms, as well as tourism. But there is still much untapped potential and this is where much of the growth potential is.

"If Malaysia can achieve this transition, it will create firm foundations not only for domestic solar power industries but also industries based on plant genetic diversity (such as medicines), and sustainable crops for fuel, food, fibre and fertilisation,” he said.

Drager said significant upfront investment would be required to increase the contribution of renewables based on a thorough assessment of their respective generation potential.

Addressing any structural, political and cultural barriers to redirecting government subsidies towards this sector will be a key element for future success,” he added.

Drager said a detailed renewables job creation programme would need to be worked out by the Government to match the skills based on the renewables ambition.

“The programme should also address Malaysia’s high-income model because the highly-skilled labour required, including engineers, electricians and project managers, will be able to demand salary premiums and create aspirations around joining Malaysia’s renewables drive.”

Concrete measures and frameworks needed to be worked out across stakeholder groups and these include low and no interest loans, longer return-on-investment timelines, tax incentives and ambitious renewables targets, he said.
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FRIM to sell carbon credits to private sectors
By RAHIMY RAHIM Sunday June 12, 2011
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...529&sec=nation


Nature’s gifts: Nature guide Jalali Salleh explaining the uses of the Macaranga
Triloba or Mahang Merah tree to pupils of Tadika Alimm Kids from Selayang
who attended the Nature Walk to celebrate the World Environmental Day at
FRIM in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. — Bernama


KUALA LUMPUR: The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) is planning to sell carbon credits next year to curb man-made climate change and reduce carbon emissions in the country.

Its director-general Datuk Dr Abdul Latif Mohmod said the private sector will be able to pay FRIM to plant trees on its land.

“Trees can slow down the pace of climate change and at the same time the corporate sector would be able to meet their carbon emission reduction goal,” he told a press conference after launching the World Environmental Day celebration yesterday.

Carbon credit is a generic term for any tradeable certificate or permit representing the right to emit one tonne of carbon dioxide.

Abdul Latif said such programmes had been carried out in Vietnam, Laos and Indonesia where developed nations pay for clean development projects or to preserve their forest.

“Profits can be used to replant trees and restore forests in these countries,” he added.

On the “Green the Earth: One Citizen, One Tree” campaign launched by the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry he said, “the target to plant 26 million trees nationwide by 2014 is achievable as FRIM had planted more than 19.2mil trees since 1923.”

He said FRIM welcomed any collaboration with corporate bodies in tree planting to make sure that the campaign would be a success.
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Pusat kitar semula bertenaga suria sepenuhnya yang pertama di Malaysia di lancar
RABU, 23 MAC 2011 20:58 Oleh Shahfizal Musa Foto oleh Saliman Leman
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BANGI 23, Mar 2011**- UKM melancarkan pusat kitar semula yang pertama di Malaysia menggunakan tenaga bertenaga suria sepenuhnya lengkap dengan LCD skrin 32 inci dan pemain DVD.

Bangunan tersebut direka bentuk oleh penyelidik UKM Dr Azimin Samsul Felo Penyelidik Institut Penyelidikan Tenaga Suria (SERI) dan Institut Alam Sekitar dan Pembangunan (LESTARI) dengan kerjasama Alam flora untuk tujuan kitar semula.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Alam Flora Tuan Haji Mohd Zain bin Haji Hassan menerangkan ciri- ciri unik yang di miliki oleh bangunan tersebut berkata,

“Dibina dalam seni bina mikro bertenaga hijau ini adalah pusat kitar semula pertama di Malaysia yang bertenaga sifar sepenuhnya iaitu menggunakan panel suria photovoltaic (PV).”

Tenaga untuk menyelenggarakan pusat tersebut di perolehi sepenuhnya dari panel suria yang dapat menghasilkan tenaga sebanyak 200 watt . Ini dapat menghidupkan sebuah kipas siling, tiga biji lampu sebuah LCD 32 inci dan pemain DVD.


Kos menghasilkan bangunan tersebut hanya lebih kurang RM 60,000. Ini di anggap jauh lebih murah jika dibanding kan dengan struktur yang mengunakan tenaga suria yang lain. Ini kerana bahan yang digunakan adalah dari sumber kitar semula.

“Bangunan ini dibina menggunakan bahan-bahan pembinaan semula jadi dengan kombinasi bahan kitar semula” kata Mohd Zain.

Bangunan itu dibina dengan ciri yang membolehkan ia menyerap cahaya dan udara. Selain dari itu ia juga mempunyai sistem pengumpulan air hujan yang boleh di kitar semula untuk menyejukkan persekitaran dan untuk tujuan lain seperti mencuci dan menyiram pokok

Ciri -ciri bangunan ini sekali gus menjadikan Pusat kitar semula UKM menepati Green Building Index (GBI). GBI adalah ciri yang telah di gariskan untuk pembangunan lestari.

Mohd Zain kemudian memuji UKM kerana peranannya dalam mewujudkan kerjasama dan percaya UKM akan menjadi titik rujuk bagi Universiti lain yang mahu mewujudkan kampus lestari

Sementara itu Prof Dato’ Ir Dr Hassan Basri Timbalan Naib Canselor (Hal Ehwal Pelajar dan Alumni) berkata yang UKM ingin menjadi kampus sisa sifar dalam masa sepuluh tahun.

Dengan tujuan tersebut telah membentuk sebuah jawatankuasa untuk menjadikan aspirasi kampus sisa sifar menjadi realiti.

“Melalui pembentukan Jawatan Kuasa Inisiatif Kampus Sisa sifar, saya yakin UKM akan berjaya memenuhi sasaran 22 peratus kita semula sisa pepejal pada akhir tahun ini,” kata Hassan.

Pusat kitar semula tersebut adalah salah satu daripada inisiatif yang dijalankan untuk menjadi kampus mesra alam Di belakang tabir pula terdapat berbagai-bagai penyelidikan sedang dijalankan untuk mengitar semula sisa buangan menjadi barang yang bermanfaat.

“Beberapa penyelidikan tindakan (action research) antara UKM dan Alam Flora sedang dijalankan seperti penyelidikan, biogas, pengkomposan sisa makanan dan sisa taman and kitar semula kertas,” kata beliau.

Beliau berharap UKM akan menjadi perintis dalam menerokai penyelidikan dalam bidang pengurusan sisa pepejal di kalangan institusi pengajian tinggi di Malaysia dan rantau ini.

Upacara tersebut dihadiri oleh pegawai-pegawai kanan dari Jabatan Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal Negara, Perbadanan Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal dan Pembersihan Awam, Majlis Perbandaran Kajang, Perbadanan Putrajaya, Alam Flora dan UKM.
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New bungalows, semi-detached homes, govt buildings must have rain water systems
By NG CHENG YEE Updated: Monday June 13, 2011 MYT 5:34:04 PM
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...317&sec=nation

KUALA LUMPUR: Developers must include rain-harvesting systems in new bungalows, semi-detached homes and government buildings to get their plans approved.

This new regulation would soon be incorporated into the Uniform Building By-Laws to make the green feature mandatory, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung.

The National Council for Local Government, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, had approved the new by-law on May 23, he said.

“Such a feature will allow owners of these premises to conserve rain water and use it to water plants, wash cars and for other purposes,” he told a press conference on Green Solution for Property Development Conference 2011: Greener Cities here on Monday.

He said developers who failed to include the feature in these buildings would not be able to get approval for their building plans.

On existing buildings, Chor said owners were encouraged to install such feature on a voluntary basis.

“We hope that when more houses are equipped with such feature, house owners will be able to see the benefit of it and follow suit,” he said.

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Malaysian Green Car – Saga EV
The UTM/Proton-developed EV Saga breaks cover
http://paultan.org/2010/12/01/the-ut...-breaks-cover/



Ahead of the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show’s opening, Proton and Universiti Technology Malaysia today previewed the EV Saga plug-in electric vehicle, a collaborative effort that took 11 months to develop. In case you’re wondering whether this is the same Saga EV as seen more than a year ago, well, it’s not. This one is a completely different vehicle, even if you can’t run away from some of the EV-based fundamentals and the similar name – the current car also bears the Green Propulsion Concept sub-moniker the earlier version did.



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Towards a green nation and economy
By DATUK LOO TOOK GEE
Secretary-General Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry

In the pursuit of sustainable development, policymakers must find a way to strike a balance between economic efficiency and environmental protection.

THE global community is confronted with challenges related to the environment and climate change. As a result, many countries are promoting sustainable development by investing in green technology in the form of cleaner low-carbon transport and energy systems, “smart” electricity grids, energy efficiency, renewable energy as well as in green research and development.

Green technology signifies a global paradigm shift in which economic aspiration combines with resource productivity and conservation to spearhead sustainable development.

Under a Cabinet reshuffle in April 2009, the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry (Kettha) was given the mandate to promote sustainable development through the adoption of green technologies in the various economic sectors of the country.

In pushing for a low-carbon economy, the Government launched the National Green Technology Policy on July 24, 2009, which serves as the basis for all Malaysians to enjoy an improved quality of life, by ensuring that the objectives of our national development policies will continue to be balanced with environmental considerations.

The Government also hopes to create a new avenue of growth for the country from green technology, in line with the New Economic Model that was unveiled recently.

The country’s vision for a low-carbon growth trajectory will be driven by four main pillars – energy, economy, environment and society.

To strengthen the platform for our green agenda, the National Green Technology Council was established to spearhead green technology application in the country. This council is chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and supported by a steering committee and five working groups on industry, research and innovation, human capital, promotion and public awareness and transportation.

The Green Technology Policy also outlines five strategic thrusts towards implementing green technologies in the country (for details, go to www.kettha.gov.my).

In the transition to a low-carbon economy, the key issue for our policymakers is how to strike a balance between economic efficiency and environmental protection as the driver for economic growth and environmental sustainability. This needs to take into consideration the importance of promoting the notion of the environment and eco-efficiency as a business opportunity, rather than a cost item.

The following are examples of the initiatives undertaken by the ministry to address the challenges of climate change and reduce our carbon footprint:
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Energy efficiency

The Malaysian Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement Programme represents one of the main efforts undertaken to improve energy efficiency in the industrial sector. Since 2001, fiscal incentives had been introduced by the Government to promote efficient use of energy such as pioneer status, investment tax allowance, duty import exemption and sales tax exemption.

The ministry was now in the midst of finalising the Energy Efficiency Master Plan with clear goals and targets in the industrial, building and residential sectors, so as to coordinate and implement energy efficiency and conservation programmes in a systematic and holistic manner.

Renewable energy

The Government approved the Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan in April 2010. This policy is aimed at promoting long-term sustainability by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels for electricity generation and at the same time stimulate a new growth industry for the country.

To encourage renewable energy generation in the country, the Government will be implementing the Feed-in Tariff Mechanism which allows electricity produced from such sources like biomass, biogas, mini-hydro and solar to be sold to power utilities at a fixed premium price and for a specific duration.

Green buildings

The Green Building Index (GBI) is a rating tool to grade environment-friendly buildings and the Government is providing fiscal incentives to buildings which are GBI-certified.

Owners of GBI-certified buildings are entitled to income tax exemptions, equivalent to the additional capital expenditure, to green their building. Buyers of green buildings from developers will also be exempted from stamp duty equivalent to the additional cost incurred to green their building.

Sustainable transport

To facilitate the use of electric vehicles (EV) in the country, the Government is in the process of preparing the EV Infrastructure Roadmap, which includes a fleet test programme for electric vehicles. The implementation of this fleet test will be the benchmark in developing a strategic plan and framework as well as identification of entities that will benefit the electric vehicle industry, in areas of services and new business opportunities.

Green Technology Roadmap

Under the Green Technology Roadmap, a baseline study is currently being conducted to ascertain the overall green technology applications in six sectors, namely, energy, transport, building, water and waste management, manufacturing industries and ICT applications.

Green Technology Financing Scheme

A RM1.5bil soft loan scheme called the Green Technology Financing Scheme (GTFS) was launched by the Government early this year to encourage the participation of companies and entrepreneurs in green technology. The Government bears 2% of the interest rate charged and provides a guarantee of 60% on the financing amount, with the remaining 40% being taken by banking institutions.

Green townships in Putrajaya and Cyberjaya

The ministry, together with the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (MGTC), is developing a green township framework, a green township rating system based on the Common Carbon Metric (CCM) and carbon
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Feed-in-tariff for renewable energy to start on Sept 1
Tuesday June 14, 2011
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...8&sec=business



Datuk Loo Took Gee

KUALA LUMPUR: The feed-in-tariff (FiT) for the development of renewable energy (RE) will kickstart on Sept 1, according to Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry secretary-general Datuk Loo Took Gee (pic).

“We are in the midst of setting up the (RE) agency and by then it should be ready to implement the FiT. Currently, it is run by a shadow cabinet,” she said at the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) progress update yesterday.

In April, Parliament passed both the Renewable Energy Act 2010 and Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) Bill. The RE Act would focus on RE while the second act was to empower the Seda which will oversee the implementation of RE and to manage the FiT mechanism.

Under the initial plan, electricity tariffs will be hiked by 1% to be fed into a RE fund to cover cost associated with the FiT scheme.

However, Loo explained that there would be no more tariff adjustment to cover the FiT scheme but it would be taken from the recent tariff hike to be fed into the RE fund.

Last month, the Government raised the price of gas by 28% and electricity tariffs by an average of 7.12%, although about 75% of households in Peninsular Malaysia will remain unaffected.

StarBiz reported that at a recent briefing held by the special division in the ministry, 300 people turned up - more than twice the expected number - to hear presentations by officials on details of the mechanics of the FiT.

Tentatively, the combined quota for renewable energy for 2011 is 111MW for all renewable energy technology.

Loo said the ministry would embark on a Sustainability Achieved via Energy Efficiency as part of the ETP projects to improve energy efficient appliances.
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Pelaburan RM1.7b industri suria
Oleh AZMAN IBRAHIM 14 Februari 2010 / 29 Safar 1431
http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info...t&pg=ko_01.htm



Ahmad Shukri Tajuddin (kiri) bertukar-tukar dokumen memorandum
persefahaman dengan Isabel Kow sambil disaksikan oleh Mustapa
Mohamed (tengah) di Kuala Lumpur, semalam.


KUALA LUMPUR 12 Feb. – Senai High Tech Park Sdn. Bhd. (SHTP) berjaya menarik pelaburan pertamanya daripada dua buah syarikat, termasuk sebuah syarikat asing dari China, berjumlah lebih RM1.7 bilion dalam industri suria dan berteknologi tinggi.

Dua buah syarikat yang membuat pelaburan itu adalah EQ Solar Technology International Sdn. Bhd. (EQ Solar) dari China dan MOX Linde Gases Sdn. Bhd. (MOX-Linde) merupakan syarikat tempatan.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif SHTP, Datuk Ahmad Shukri Tajuddin berkata, EQ Solar membuat pelaburan AS$500 juta (RM1.7 bilion) dalam tempoh tiga tahun manakala MOX-Linde sebanyak RM60 juta.

Katanya, EQ Solar menghasilkan mono crystalline dan polycrystalline solar modules di kawasan seluas 10 hektar (25 ekar) manakala MOX Linde menyalurkan gas perindustrian secara terus kepada para penyewa di SHTP di kawasan seluas dua hektar (lima ekar).

“Kami berharap lebih ramai pelabur datang membuat pelaburan pada tahun ini bagi merangsang pertumbuhan SHTP,’’ katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas menghadiri majlis menandatangani memorandum persefahaman (MoU) SHTP dengan EQ Solar dan MOX Linde.

Majlis tersebut disaksikan oleh Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Hadir pada majlis tersebut ialah Pengerusi SHTP, Datuk Mohd. Sidik Shaik Osman, Presiden EQ Solar, Isabel Kow dan Pengarah Urusan MOX-Linde, Wong Siew Yap.

Ahmad Shukri menambah, SHTP dijangka menjadi pusat pelaburan berteknologi tinggi yang mempunyai potensi lebih baik berbanding Taman Teknologi Tinggi Kulim (KHTP) di Kedah.

Katanya, ini kerana SHTP berada di lokasi yang strategik iaitu berdekatan dengan Singapura selain berada di kedudukan kemudahan pengangkutan yang ideal.

“Kedudukan SHTP amat baik kerana berdekatan dengan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Senai dan juga Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas,’’ ujarnya.

Sementara itu, Kow berkata, Malaysia merupakan cawangan pertama EQ Solar di luar ibu pejabatnya di China.

Pihaknya memilih Malaysia berikutan kedudukan yang strategik dan menjadi pintu masuk kepada pelabur dari Asia Barat, tambah beliau.

‘’Berikutan potensi itu, kami turut mempunyai perancangan untuk disenaraikan di Bursa Malaysia dalam tempoh dua hingga tiga tahun lagi,’’ ujarnya.
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Published: 2011/06/15
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Senai Hi-Tech Park, the second high-technology industrial park, sees greater interest from renewable energy firms due to Malaysia's effort to promote its use.

"Interest is coming in a great way from renewable energy firms in the park amid the infrastructure, location as well as the government's support," said Senai High Tech Park Sdn Bhd's chief executive officer, Datuk Ahmad Shukri Tajuddin.

He said the company was now putting the infrastructure in place and it expected a few firms to come in, either this year or early next year.

"They are foreign players. China and India are among the countries that are aggressively venturing into the technology-related business," he said, declining to elaborate.

He was speaking to reporters after the exchange of memorandum of understanding between Senai Hi-Tech and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation for the development of a RM200 million NanoMalaysia Centre here today.

The park, located within Iskandar Malaysia, has attracted about RM3 billion worth of investments since 2010, drawing interests from various sectors including semiconductor, solar, advanced materials industry and nanotechnology. The park is operated by Senai High Tech.

Ahmad Shukri said the park would also bank on Johor's close proximity to Singapore which made it an attractive place for investments in renewable energy and green technology.

"The park also bodes well for Malaysia's aims to attract high value-added investment that will bring in knowledge workers in order to meet its aspiration to become a high-income economy," he said.

He said the park could draw in more upstream and downstream activities, especially in nano technology with the establishment of the NanoMalaysia Centre. -- Bernama
MOSTI sets up RM200mil NanoMalaysia Centre in Johor
Published: Wednesday June 15, 2011 MYT 2:44:00 PM
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KUALA LUMPUR: The National Nanotechnology Directorate (NND), a unit under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), will set up a RM200 million NanoMalaysia Centre complex at Senai High Tech Park, Johor.

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, said the project, under the 10th Malaysia Plan, would be the first of its kind in Malaysia to further drive the development of nanotechnology.

"The centre is expected to be completed within 12 months with administration and incubation centres," he told reporters after officiating the NanoMalaysia Summit and Expo 2011 here today.

It will act as a one-stop centre for nano science and technology activities and provide the missing link between laboratory and market.

The centre will be developed by Senai High Tech Park Sdn Bhd via private-public partnership concept.

It will be managed by NND with the incorporation of NanoMalaysia Bhd as commercial vehicle.

The development of the centre is part of the NanoMalaysia Programme Roadmap to facilitate and provide commercialisation platforms, including technology incubator facilities.

Ongkili said the centre aimed to create the critical mass of entrepreneurs and to facilitate the creation of new nanotechnology-based firms.

"It will also provide the infrastructure and facilities with conducive environment for translational and downstream nano research activities, as well as a workplace for nanotechnologists and scientists," he said.

Under the 10-year NanoMalaysia Programme Master Plan for 2010-2020, it is expected to increase talents with high knowledge in nano science and technology and to commercialise three local products namely, aerogel, carbon nano tube and nanocatalyst in 2012/2013.

The programme also aims to generate between RM100 million and RM150 million in business in 2012/2013 and RM300 million in 2015.

At the event, MOSTI also recognised five research and development centres of excellence out of 17 nationwide to further contribute towards achieving Malaysia's nano aspiration.

They are Centre of Innovative Nanostructures and Nanodevices at Universiti Teknologi Petronas; Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; Institute of Nano Electronic Engineering at Universiti Malaysia Perlis; and, Mimos Nanoelectronics. - BERNAMA
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JOHOR BAHARU: The government is to introduce the Environment Performance Index (EPI) in June to gauge Malaysia’s level of success in reducing carbon dioxide emission.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas said every state would have its own EPI and the data would be compiled for the whole country and published annually.

“Right now, only Kuala Lumpur has the EPI. Other large cities, such as Johor Baharu and George Town, do not have it,” he told reporters after launching a campus sustainable programme at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), here.

Uggah said having the EPI for the whole country would provide a clear picture of carbon dioxide emission in Malaysia. — Bernama
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Malaysia developing energy efficiency plan
Published: 2010/08/04
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THE Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry is currently developing the National Energy Efficiency Masterplan to ensure efficient use of energy in the country.

"Apart from that, the government has approved the implementation of the Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan starting from the 10th Malaysia Plan," said its minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui.

"With both plans in place, I anticipate the results will contribute significantly towards the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Malaysia," he said at the Save Our Planet Forum in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Also present at the event co-organised by AseanAffairs and the Malaysia-Europe Forum (MEF) were ambassador and head of delegation of the European Union (EU) to Malaysia, Vincent Piket, and MEF adviser Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.

Chin said his ministry was presently working closely with the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry to ensure that Malaysia's pledge at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen was met, especially from the energy sector.

He said that green technology would be the mainstay of the government agenda and become one of the new drivers of the country's economy. - Bernama
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EU eyes more research tie-ups with Malaysia
By Rupa Damodaran Published: 2010/09/06
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MALAYSIA’S research infrastructure is more sophisticated than many of its neighbours, yet its research cooperation with advanced economies like Europe is still at a very low level, says a high ranking European Union official.

Ambassador Vincent Piket said Malaysians were currently involved in nine large-scale research projects funded by European Union (EU) under its Framework Programme Seven for research and technological development, with a total value of ?25 million (RM100 million).

The number, which doubled last year’s five projects, was due to a promotion campaign the EU had undertaken with the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti).

Although he was happy with the result, Piket said the potential is much greater.

“The Malaysian success rate in the EU’s Framework Programme for RTD (research and technological development) is still below the average if you compare it with other non-EU countries,” he told the Business Times.

The success rate stands at 17.7 per cent for Malaysia against the average of 23.2 per cent.

“This puzzles me as Malaysia’s research infrastructure is quite advanced compared to that of other countries in the region. Clearly Mosti and the EU delegation still have a promotional job to do.”

Malaysia’s participation in the EU’s research programme is one way to underpin its goal of becoming a developed country.

Piket said current projects with Malaysian partners are primarily in the fields of food, agriculture and fisheries and biotechnology as well as environment such as climate change, nanosciences and nanotechnologies.

The Seventh Framework Programme is the largest single research programme in the world. The EU budget involved this year is about ?6.5 billion (about RM27 billion).

“With the co-funding of the participating organisations, we expect to start research projects for over ?10 billion (about RM40 billion). It is Europe’s biggest ever investment in research and innovation,” Piket noted.

The package covers a vast range of scientific disciplines, public policy areas and commercial sectors. It aims to help solve societal challenges such as climate change, energy and food security, health and ageing population.

The EU is keen to expand its relations further with Malaysia at both political and economic levels.

Piket said 35 European companies working in the field of eco-innovation will be attending the International Green Tech and Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur in October.
Europe to help in 'going green'
Published: 2011/06/20
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...cle/index_html

KUALA LUMPUR: Europe wants to help Malaysia in its "going green" efforts including building blocks of "green" logistics network.

The EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce (EUMICCI), which was host to the Green Logistics Forum in Kuala Lumpur last week, received several recommendations for advances in the green logistics sector in Malaysia.

As more business customers consider transport a key lever to improving their own carbon footprint, this needed to be translated into organisational management in general as the globalised world looks to revise the handling of logistics, the forum was told.

Remodelling logistics processes was also necessary to improve cost effectiveness and environmental impact without compromising on the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) within the organisation.

An example is Nestle, which has introduced 32 fuel cell forklifts and first hybrid trucks in its fleet and maximised loading factors, surface utilisation and redesigned the distribution network without comprising on JIT (Just-in-Time) deliveries.

In the long run, companies should also consider adopting the necessary telematics such as the integrated use of telecommunications and informatics to reduce carbon footprint in the long run.

Another recommendation is to have a long-term roadmap to going green that fits in the respective industry's business model, the chamber said.

The ultimate goal in green logistics must be to achieve a more efficient method in measuring carbon footprint and implementing diverse strategies to mitigate the environmental impact of operations and transport.

"Going green can take various forms - from large scale procedural revisions to simple improvements in enhancements in the efficiency (kilometres driven or loading capacity usage)," it said.

The forum has called for governmental incentive schemes to encourage green logistics in the country.

In the European experience, for instance, the effectiveness of centrally administered monetary incentive schemes helped boost policy compliance among the industry.

Another recommendation is for the collaboration between the Malaysian government, the domestic and international logistics industry and NGOs to advocate greener logistics nationwide.

The EUMCCI Logistics Survey was also launched during the event. The survey will become the basis for a hardcopy and digital map of Malaysia's key logistic areas; ports, airports, warehouses, railways and highways.

Released by the EUMCCI, the map will be distributed through the EUMCCI and the communication channels of its project partners both in Malaysia and abroad and a digital interactive map will be available on the EUMCCI website, following a launch of the map and its digital counterpart by the Malaysian Minister for Transport.

On the launch of the survey, EUMICCI chairman David Jones said:

"The map itself will serve as an important informative tool for students and researchers, transport and supply chain management, and for potential FDI investors both from Europe and the rest of the world."

It will also serve as a business and marketing tool for the Malaysian Investment Development Authority and Malaysia External Trade Development Corp offices locally and abroad.

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In May 2003 the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EUMCCI) emerged from the former European Union Business Council (EUBC). EUMCCI is a public non-profit organisation and doesn’t get any funding from EU. The Chamber is financed by projects, events, memberships and sponsorships. It is an umbrella organisation of all EU chambers of commerce and business councils, whose members are also EUMCCI members, altogether 1088 corporations. The aim of EUMCCI is to promote, support and develop EU business interests in Malaysia as well as facilitate trade, commerce and investments between EU and Malaysia. In order to fulfill its mission, EUMCCI carries out activities that will catalyze and stimulate networking of European companies in Malaysia with the Malaysian business community, business associations, relevant ministries, official representations and other Chambers in Asia. These activities are balanced between social and business activities.
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Published: 2009/06/19
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Malaysia is keen to become the regional centre for green energy, especially solar energy, a move which has attracted small and medium enterprises (SMEs), says International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed.

So far more than RM9.5 billion investments have been approved, including by major global names in the solar industry such as First Solar from the US and Q-Cells from Germany.

"These large manufacturers would need a lot of vendors to supply the inputs and components," Mustapa said at a media briefing following the launch of the two-day Asia-Invest PEACE programme in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The programme was set up by the European Union (EU) to develop and strengthen mutual trade and investment flows between Europe and Asia. It will be participated by more than 100 companies from the construction industry of Germany, Spain, Hungary, Czech Republic, and China, and 60 companies from Malaysia.

The EU, Malaysia's fourth largest trading partner, recorded RM136.6 billion in bilateral trade last year. For the first four months of 2009, total bilateral trade dropped to RM32.3 billion. EU investments in the manufacturing sector amounted to RM12.2 billion in 2008.

Mustapa said the two areas of focus of the PEACE project, namely SMEs and green technology, are important.

"Given the extent of SME involvement in the economies of most countries, it makes sense to engage them in the process of increasing energy efficiency in production and delivery, and of services," he added.

The Malaysian German Chamber of Commerce and Industry executive director Alexander Stedtfeld said the expansion plans of companies like Q-Cells into the second and third phase would need SMEs to help develop the technology.

He said growth potential of the renewable energy sector is large, as in the case of Germany where the number of people working totalled 1.3 million compared with 700,000 in automotive sector.

EU ambassador Vincent Piket said the EU climate and energy package has legally binding 20:20:20 targets for 2020, with 20 per cent greenhouse gas savings, 20 per cent share for renewable energy and 20 per cent increase in energy efficiency.

"Investment in green growth will not just take our economy out of the slump, it will take it to a new level of sustainable growth in economic, social and environment terms," Piket said.

The Asia-Invest project, which focuses on the construction industry, brought together 25 European companies, five Chinese companies in 220 business matching meetings with 60 Malaysian companies for the second part of the business matching event. The first was held in Xian, China.

The two-day business matching programme ends today.
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Q-CELLS develops and produces its products at the group's headquarters in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany and markets them through a worldwide distribution network. A second production facility is located in Malaysia.

More than 200 scientists and engineers at Q-CELLS are driving progress on the company's technology. The close ties between research, development and production allows Q-CELLS to transfer innovations into serial production as quickly as possible, and has helped it achieve the role as a technology leader in the photovoltaic industry.

Construction on the production facility in Malaysia - Q-CELLS Malaysia Sdn Bhd - located at Selangor Science Park II, Cyberjaya, Selangor, began in June 2008. Merely 10 months after groundbreaking, Q-CELLS Malaysia began production of solar cells in April 2009. The 4 production lines at Q-CELLS Malaysia bring together a production capacity of over 600 MWp.

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Selangor Malaysia

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Source: PKNS Malaysia - The Winning Edge
SELANGOR SCIENCE PARK 2
- Q-Cells from Germany ==> RM5 billion investment. The solar farm will be one of the largest in the region.
- The new campus of Al Madinah International University
- The 7th new campus of SEGi University College

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Availability Of Experienced Engineers Attracts Q-Cells To Malaysia
August 21, 2009 22:18 PM

SHAH ALAM, Aug 21 (Bernama) -- Q-Cells Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a Germany-based company producing solar wafers and cells, picked Malaysia for its operations because of the availability of experienced engineers and skilled workforce.

Its chief executive officer Bernhard Rack told reporters that the availability of experienced engineers was crucial for high technology companies like Q-Cells.

Furthermore, Rack said, Malaysia marked Q-Cells' first overseas venture and the country's strategic location in the region was considered important for expansion of the company's markets and products.

He said this after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS) to energise the corporation's Gallery in Selangor Science Park 2 (SSP2) with solar power.

The signing was witnessed by the German Ambassador to Malaysia Guanter Gruber and Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

The package of investment incentives offered by the government was also attractive, Rack said when asked why the company chose Malaysia over other countries in the region.

The company has been operating in SSP2 located near Cyberjaya since May this year with an investment of RM3.0 billion.

At the event, PKNS also signed an MoU with Andaman Realty Sdn Bhd for the company to construct SEGi College Campus and hostel facilities in SSP2 which has a total area of 520 hectares.

Another MoU was signed between PKNS and Metro Kajang Holdings Bhd for its subsidiary Serba Sentosa Sdn Bhd to collaborate with the corporation in developing the commercial and residential areas in SSP2.

PKNS general manager Othman Omar said in return for the collaboration, the corporation will take part in Metro Kajang's proposed commercial development in the town centre of Kajang.

He said PKNS has changed its strategy from being a developer with its own projects to working together with partners under a win-win situation for both parties.

SSP2, with an estimated gross development value of RM3.0 billion, is a mixed development project, with 40 percent of the area allocated for industrial development, 10 percent for commercial and 12 percent for residential.

The remaining 38 percent will be transformed into recreation facilities and parks and for building basic amenities such as sport facilities and community areas.

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