A solar farm is designed to produce enough electricity for thousands of homes and business. They are just like the solar panels you install on your roof to generate power for your individual needs.
Solar farms in Malaysia usually sell electricity to the grid. However, in order to sell power to the grid first you need approval from SEDA.
Malaysia in recent years has become one of the largest solar PV manufacturers in the world.
It has one of the most resource-efficient solar farms in the world. One of the biggest is in Ayer Keroh with 29,092 solar panels, generating enough energy to power 1,800 houses every day.
The entire solar power industry in Malaysia is currently producing 67% of the 270MW of renewable energy.
The majority of solar farms in Malaysia are owned by independent power producers that benefit from:
- Excellent Feed in Tariff Scheme: FiT was launched in 2011 to enable companies and house owners to produce clean energy from four sources and sell it to the grid:
- Solar Photovoltaic
- Biogas: organic waste, and landfill
- Biomass: agricultural waste and garbage
- Small Hydropower
- Tax breaks
- Fair regulation
- Banking loans
- Competitive labor costs
- Excellent infrastructure, and
- Amazing geographical location.
To develop a solar farm you need approximately 2.5 acres of solar panels in an area with high sun exposure to produce a megawatt of electricity. If your solar farm is located in an area with moderate sun exposure you need five acres of panels to produce a megawatt.
A megawatt in one million watts, this is enough to give electricity to 650 residential homes for one day.
How does a Solar Farm work?
To convert the sun’s energy into electricity, you need a PV system with the following components:
- Solar panels that are installed in your land to convert sun´s power into DC power.
- Electrical panels is where AC power travel to the electrical cabinet.
- Utility Meter to measure your electricity supply.
- Utility Grid, this will ensure that you stay connected to the utility grid.
- Energy monitoring to monitor your electricity usage.
The cost of a solar farm depends on several factors, including size, installation complexity, the location and orientation of the solar farm, how much sunlight the farms get, the efficiency of the solar panels, and the efficiency of the inverters.
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Benefits of Solar Farms
Using solar energy is the best way to reduce carbon emissions, helping global warming as Solar farms distribute clean energy.
In addition, they use very little water compared to traditional power plants.
Great Return of Investment
You will save in your utility bill, maintenance costs and you will receive an income. Plus the solar feed in tariffs are applicable, making solar farming easier than before.
Habitat for Wildlife and Plants
Solar farms are great at providing a better habitat for wildlife and plants. This is because the land around solar panels is generally grassland.
Solar farms have no moving parts, so they do not produce any sound, and they can be developed close to any local environment.
Disadvantages of Solar Farms
The initial cost is high. Purchasing the solar system is very expensive, even though the prices of solar panels are lower than few years ago.
Solar farms efficiency depends on the weather. Yes, solar energy can still be produced during cloudy and rainy days, but the efficiency of the solar system drops.
The Need of Big Space
The more electricity you want, the more solar panels you need, and this means more space.
Solar energy is a renewable source of energy and could likely be the future of global energy source. In fact, many scientists predicted that solar energy will be used more and more, and will contribute to a quarter of the world’s energy in the future.