Switching to solar power for different application

How Does The Green Investment Tax Allowance (GITA) Work?

On October 25, 2013, the Green Technology Tax Incentive for the purchase and use of green technology was announced in Malaysia with great anticipation. This was definitely good news for the solar industry in Malaysia.

Today, the Malaysian government is still encouraging the purchasing of green technology equipment and assets, such as LED lighting, solar panels, wind energy, and electric vehicles using an Investment Tax Allowance (ITA). Moreover, an Income Tax Exemption (ITE) for green technology service providers, such as solar companies in Malaysia has also been introduced.

These are the three groups under the Green Technology Tax Incentive:

  1. Assets (GITA)
  2. Projects (GITA)
  3. Service providers (under Green Income Tax Exemption (GITE))

The main benefits of these tax incentives are:

  • To encourage investment in green technology on a project basis either for business or own consumption.
  • To motivate companies in acquiring green technology assets
  • To enhance the number of green technology service providers

 

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What Are Green Investment Tax Allowance (GITA) Assets?

The Green Investment Tax Allowance (GITA) assets are for companies that obtained qualifying green technology assets. To take advantage of this tax allowance, companies should comply with all the following requirements:

  • The companies in Malaysia should minimize the deterioration of the environment or reduce greenhouse emissions.
  • They should focus on promoting health and improvement of the environment.
  • They need to conserve the use of energy, water and other forms of natural resources, or promote the use of renewable energy, or recyclable waste material resources.

 

What is The Rate of Incentive?

  • GITA of 100% of qualifying capital expenditure incurred on approved green technology assets from the date of purchase until 31 December 2020.
  • The allowance can be offset against 70% of statutory income in the year of assessment.
  • Unutilized allowances can be carried forward until they are fully absorbed.

 

What Is The Green Investment Tax Allowance (GITA) Project?

GITA Projects are for companies that undertake a qualifying green technology. Companies should comply with all of the following requirements:

  • Minimize the degradation of the environment or reduce greenhouse emission
  • Promote health and improvement of the environment
  • Conserve the use of energy, water and/or other forms of natural resources, or promote the use of renewable energy, or recyclable waste material resources
  • The application should be received by MIDA by 31 December 2020.

 

What Are The Green Income Tax Exemption (GITE) Services?

The GITE is applicable for qualifying green technology service providers listed under the MyHIJAU Directory.

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Qualifying Activities To Be Approved For The Tax Exemptions

There are two qualifying activities:

1. Renewable Energy – Energy from a source that is not depleted when used, such as:

  • Solar Power
  • Biomass
  • Biogas
  • Mini Hydro
  • Geothermal

2. Energy Efficiency – Companies that reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services, and invest in energy-efficient equipment or technology.

It is important to understand that the solar industry in Malaysia is producing 67 per cent of the 270MVH or renewable energy right now. Companies are installing more solar panel systems in Malaysia every day to take advantage of this green technology, save money and conserve the environment.

The solar power in Malaysia has all the elements for higher growth given the excellent conditions in the country. According to SEDA, the target for renewable energy generation is 2,080 MW or 11% by 2020 and 4,000 MW by 2030. The incentive will certainly add momentum to the adoption of green technology around the country.

Last but not least, the benefits of the use of solar energy are simply amazing because:

  • Solar power is pollution-free and causes no greenhouse gases to be emitted after installation.
  • Reduced dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels
  • Clean power that is available every day of the year, especially in a tropical country such as Malaysia, where even cloudy days produces power.

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Research Collaboration for Better Innovation in Solar

Solarvest and Three Local Universities Establish a Collaboration for Better Innovation in Solar

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” a quote significantly explains why Solarvest decides to hop on this opportunity and work together with three local universities, namely Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Universiti Teknologi MARA, and the University of Malaya on a research programme to find out practical improvement for the design of solar system in Malaysia.

An MoU has been signed between Yoon Tien Ming, the lead of team Solarvest and Ir. Prof. Dr. Ewe Hong Tat, the President and CEO of UTAR for the mutual goals of this research project.

The research collaboration is half-funded by the Public-Private Research Network (PPRN) programme, which is an initiative by the Ministry of Higher Education to encourage joint efforts of the academics and the industry players for technology innovations, while another half is supported by Solarvest Holdings Berhad.

It is worth mentioning that the research is participated by many field experts, such as the lead researcher, Prof Ir Dr. Ong Kok Seng from Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (UTAR Kampar) and other researchers such as Ir Ts Dr. Baljit Singh (UiTM Shah Alam), Dr. Zainoor Hailmee bin Solihin (UiTM Shah Alam) and Dr. Sajad Naghavi (UM).

Ultimately, the findings of this research will be picked-up and implemented in the system design of Solarvest’s projects.

“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into one another’s mind than to think alone. Working together with the intellectuals from the academic field brings in a lot of ingenious ideas that can elevate our engineering value to a new level. We are definitely looking forward to more collaborations like this.” said Yoon.

Solar power in the fields

Using Solar Power For Agriculture

Climate change is a troubling issue for mankind in this century. Each day, the earth’s temperature rises, thanks to the greenhouse gases several sectors emit, including the amount of fossil fuel they use up. On the other hand, warmer temperature also comes with its effects, such as floods, droughts, and early frost.

With the above-mentioned environmental concern, solar energy appears to be our saving grace. If you’ve observed quite well, you will notice that all sectors are trying to dump the use of the many eco-unfriendly fossil fuels and adopt the use of renewable energy in solar power system.

One of those sectors is the agriculture sector. The agriculture sector can benefit a lot from the use of this clean form of energy. Due to the increasing population of the world, the need for agricultural produce is on the rise as well.

 

The use of solar energy in agriculture

 

Solar power at the helm of daily functions

Solar energy can come in handy in several ways; this form of energy can be used for solar irrigation; it can likewise be used to pump water for livestock and crops. There is a huge need to design or probably re-designs buildings in such a way that they become able to trap heat that is present during the day time when everywhere is heated up.

Some livestock needs a frequent supply of fresh air to remain in the best health condition. Systems that can power coolers and other types of such boxes can be designed to avoid wasting money on electricity bills.

There is a cost-effective approach to achieving this, and it is by asking whoever is in charge of designing your building to design the structure of the building in a way that it optimizes the sunlight that it gets.

With the aid of solar water heaters purchased from a solar company in Malaysia, you can provide hot water for the cleaning of your cattle and pen. You can also use the warm water from these solar water heaters to warm and stimulate cows’ udders. Sunlight emanating from the sun can be used to power homes and agriculture houses with the aid of solar panel systems.

Solar power for agriculture

 

The use of solar energy in drying up crops and grains

During the traditional air-drying, a huge number of agricultural produce is damaged. With the aid of the solar drying method, this agricultural produce can be dried faster and at an even rate rather than leaving them outside where they become prone to birds, insects, and worms.

Perishable goods are often very hard to dry, and a huge proportion of these goods end up being damaged. With the use of solar drying, you can dry perishable goods without the fear of it getting damaged. This will reduce the number of damaged crops and would lead to an increase in profit on the part of the farmer.

Solar dryers come in diverse types, such as direct drying (solar box dryer), indirect drying (solar cabinet dryer), mixed-mode drying (solar tunnel dryer), or hybrid drying (hybrid solar/ biomass cabinet dryer).

Solar power in the gardens

 

Benefits of using solar energy for agriculture

The irregularity in the supply of electricity has led to several losses on the part of the farmers. There are lots of benefits attached to the use of solar energy, and below are a few of these benefits.

 

Very cheaper compared to fossil fuel

On farms that take up an extensive area of land, the use of solar energy will be quite less expensive compared to when using fossil fuels to provide energy for the large farm. Of course, the installation of these solar panels will be quite expensive, but when installed, you will enjoy its use without paying a dime.

Solar power for farming

 

An advanced approach

Unlike other sectors, the agriculture sector is quite slow to adopt technological benefits that come with the advancement of technology. By using this form of energy to power certain agricultural activities, the agriculture sector proves that they are open to more technological advancement.

With the increase in the use of solar energy to run certain agricultural activities, businesses and researchers will be forced to provide farmers with more technologically equipped tools.

solar panels for agriculture and farming

 

Takeaways

Farmers have found themselves embroiled in the issue regarding global warming since climate change affects the agricultural produce. As the world population increases, the need for food would skyrocket as well. With the aid of solar power in the agriculture sector, we can check climate change and combat the problem effectively.

solar panel at garden

Why You Should Switch To Solar Power

Solar energy is the power provided by the sun. It is the technology that turns sunlight directly into electricity.

Many in Malaysia and around the world are installing solar panel systems to benefit from this clean, renewable energy power. According to Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Ms Yeo Bee Yin, Malaysia can produce 1.4 times more electricity if all the roofs in Peninsular Malaysia are covered with solar panels.

Sadly, at present, only 2% of Malaysia’s electricity is produced by renewable energy sources as the country’s energy production is still dependent on limited fossil fuel resources such as oil, coal or natural gas.

Here are the main benefits of going solar.

 

1. Renewable Energy Source

The main benefit of using solar panel systems is that it is a renewable energy source. It can be used in all areas of Malaysia and it is accessible every day.

The best thing about solar power is that it is infinite, unlike some of the other sources of energy. Solar power will always be available.

switch to solar power: Renewable energy

 

2. Eco-friendly

Solar power in Malaysia represents a clean green source of energy. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, the best way is by installing a solar panel system on your roof. It is important to understand that solar energy does not pollute the environment.

The only resources solar power needs are the sun and a source of clean water to function.

switch to solar power: Eco friendly

 

3. Home Investment

Installing a solar panel system in your home will add value to your house because it saves money from your utility bills each month. If you decide to sell your property one day, you can ask for a better price thanks to this investment.

Recent studies by solar companies in Malaysia showed that buyers are willing to pay RM62,000 extra for a home with an average-sized solar panel system. The appreciation of property value is due to the money the new house owner can save on energy in the future.

switch to solar power: home investment

 

4. Helps You Manage Your Expenses

Another clear benefit of having a solar panel system is that you can be protected against rising energy costs. You should know that residential electricity prices rise approximately three percent annually. So when you invest in solar panels for your home, you are making sure your finances are not affected by the increase in electricity costs.

Remember, solar power in Malaysia helps you better estimate and manage your expenses, making it a great alternative for homeowners and businesses.

economic growth

 

5. Diverse Applications

Solar energy can be used for different purposes. For example, you can produce electricity with photovoltaics or heat with solar thermal.

Solar thermal technology just converts sunlight into heating solutions. This is different from photovoltaic solar panels, which directly convert the sun’s radiation into electricity.

A great benefit of using this type of energy is that solar panels suppliers in Malaysia can install them in areas without access to the energy grid.

Switching to solar power for different application

 

6. Economic Growth

Malaysia’s economy can achieve better with solar power. When there is a higher demand for this clean energy, more companies will be needed to install solar panels. As a result, there will be additional jobs for experienced workers, keeping the economy growing.

 increase economical growth

 

7. Free Source of Energy

As mentioned, the sun provides us with more power than we could ever use, and no one can own and monopolize the sunlight.

solar energy

 

The Bottom Line

As you can see, solar power in Malaysia has many benefits and you should take advantage of this technology as soon as possible.

Solar power will help you save money from the moment they are turned on, and you will be able to see the best visible advantages in the long run. The longer you have your solar power system, the more you enjoy the benefits of this technology and support the environment.

 

Stay clean, go solar.

 

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Solarvest & UOB Teaming Up to Promote Solar Energy

Solar photovoltaic (“PV”) system specialist, Solarvest Holdings Berhad (“Solarvest” or the “Group”) and United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Berhad (“UOB”) are teaming up for an upcoming collaboration to encourage the use of green energy, in particular solar photovoltaic (“PV”), amongst the commercial, industrial and residential segments.

Announcing this at the 10th International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (“iGEM 2019”), Solarvest and UOB will enter into a formal partnership to create more awareness campaigns and nationwide roadshows to promote the benefits of green energy, in particular solar photovoltaic (“PV”).

In addition, the collaboration will also look into developing customized financing solutions that cater to various user segments.

Group Chief Executive Officer of Solarvest, Mr. Davis Chong Chun Shiong (张俊雄) said, “At Solarvest, we offer end-to-end solutions of solar PV systems from design all the way to installation and maintenance. This provides our customers with a seamless process to start using solar PV energy. By teaming up with UOB to provide customized financing solutions, this will further encourage the use of solar PV energy as the initial investment cost is reduced.”

YB Yep signed Solar Panel representing SolarvestxUOB

Solarvest and UOB had previously worked together in July 2019 to jointly sponsor an event organized by Malaysian Investment Development Authority (“MIDA”) in Kuantan, Pahang which attracted close to 100 attendees. At the event, MIDA’s Green Technology Division provided policy updates and incentives available for those interested in green energy.

Recently, UOB also partnered with Solarvest for series of roadshows such as the Malaysian Photovoltaic Industry Association’s National Solar Roadshow held in Johor Bahru in September 2019 to educate and encourage the uptake of solar PV installations on commercial and industrial rooftops.

“This is one of the many strategic plans we have in our pipeline as we strive to fill the gaps in the industry. We will continue to explore for more partnership opportunities to drive adoption of solar energy and be at the forefront of this growing industry,” he added.

These initiatives are aimed to support the Malaysian Government’s goal of achieving 20 percent electricity generation from renewable energy sources by 2025.

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tax incentives for green technology in Malaysia

Tax Incentives for Green Technology in Malaysia

Malaysia Government will provide tax incentives for the purchase of green technology equipment, besides giving tax exemption on the use of green technology services.

With these tax incentives, it will allow small and medium enterprises to grow the Renewable Energy market. The main purpose of the Malaysia Government is to attract potential investors and industry players to invest in Renewable Energy.

In addition, the Malaysia government wants to motivate companies to acquire green technology assets and of course, to enhance the number of green technology service providers.

The three groups under the Green Technology Tax incentive: 

  1. Green Investment Tax Allowance (GITA) Assets
  2. Green Investment Tax Allowance (GITA) Project
  3. Green Income Tax Exemption (GITE) Services

Green Investment Tax Allowance (GITA) Assets

GITA Assets are for companies that acquire qualifying green technology assets and there are listed under MyHIJAU Directory. Companies should comply with ALL of the following criteria:

  • The companies should minimise the degradation of the environment or reduce greenhouse emissions.
  • They should promote health and the improvement of environment 
  • They need to conserve the use of energy, water and other forms of natural resources, or promote the use of renewable energy, or are able to recycle waste material resources. 

The Rate of Incentive

  • Green Investment Tax Allowance (GITA) of 100% of qualifying capital expenditure incurred on approved green technology assets from the date of purchase until 31 December 2020.
  • The allowance can be offset against 70% of statutory income in the year of assessment.
  • Unutilised allowances can be carried forward until they are fully absorbed.

Green Investment Tax Allowance (GITA) Project

GITA Projects are for companies that undertake a qualifying green technology. Companies should comply with ALL of the following criteria:   

  • minimise the degradation of the environment or reduce greenhouse emission
  • promote health and improvement of the environment
  • conserve the use of energy, water and/or other forms of natural resources, or promote the use of renewable energy, or are able to recycle waste material resources

Application should be received by MIDA until 31 December 2020.

Rate of Incentive

  • Green Investment Tax Allowance (GITA) of 100% of qualifying capital expenditure incurred on green technology project from the date of application received by MIDA until the year of assessment 2020.
  • The allowance can be offset against 70% of statutory income in the year of assessment.
  • Unutilised allowances can be carried forward until they are fully absorbed.

Green Income Tax Exemption (GITE) Services

GITE Services is for companies which provide green technology services which have been verified by GreenTech Malaysia, and listed under the MyHIJAU Directory. Companies must meet the criteria of green technology service providers as follows: 

  • At least one competent/qualified personnel in the respective green technology*;
  • Must have a green policy related to the environmental or sustainability**; and
  • 100% income must be derived from the respective green technology services.

*Note: Competent personnel are defined as holding a certificate of competency as a service provider in the related field of green technology. The certificate must be recognised by the Government or a Professional Body in Malaysia.


**Green Policy is a statement about the commitment to sustainability and environment management by the company.

All applications must be submitted to MIDA before 31 December 2020. 

Rate of Incentive

  • 100% of statutory income from the date of application received by MIDA until the year of assessment 2020 (the maximum period is 5 years from the date of commencement).

Qualifying Activities

For SEDA, there are two main qualifying activities to be approved for the tax incentives:

  1. Renewable Energy: Commercial and industrial business entities which undertake generation of energy in the form of electricity, steam, heat and chilled water using renewable energy resources such as:
  1. Solar Power (including NEM)
  2. Biomass
  3. Biogas
  4. Mini hydro
  5. Geothermal

*Note: Projects which have been approved with Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) for solar by SEDA are not eligible for the Investment Tax Allowance.

2. Energy Efficiency: Companies invest in energy efficient equipment or technologies and invest in energy saving equipment.

In a Nutshell 

Right now, the entire solar power industry in Malaysia is producing 67% of the 270MW of renewable energy.

There are several solar farms in Malaysia that sells electricity to the grid. Solar farms are designed to produce enough electricity power for thousands of homes and businesses.

If you have never seen one, they are just like the solar panels you install on your roof to generate electricity for your needs.

It’s important to start using renewable energy sources now because they provide clean energy for our lives and reduce climate warming and pollution; and by reducing the use of oil and gas, we can reduce the risk of cancer and heart attacks. 

Interesting Facts about Solar Energy

There are many things that may surprise you about solar energy. To start with, the solar industry is now in almost every country and it is finally ready to stand on its own.

More and more people are choosing solar energy at a faster rate than ever before in Malaysia.

This explosive growth of solar power comes as a result of the falling cost of solar panels and the many benefits of this renewable energy source.

Are you ready to go solar? Here are 7 interesting facts that you need to know.

7 Facts about the Solar Industry

1. Energy Source

The sun, is without a doubt the biggest and most abundant energy source for earth. In Malaysia, the entire solar power industry is producing 67% of the 270 MW of renewable energy, right now.

The sun sends 173,000 terawatts continuously; and it could potentially satisfy the global energy needs for one year, with only the sunlight reaching the earth every hour.

2. Green Energy Source

Solar energy is a clean, renewable power source that do not lead to air or water pollution, and does not release any gases.

In addition, solar farms in Malaysia follow the environmental laws that regulate the correct disposal of any type of potentially harmful materials for the environment.

3. Good Investment

Solar panels in Malaysia are getting cheaper. The cost per kilowatt has fallen below coal and gas.

Malaysia Fit System, which aims to promote the development of renewable energy so homeowners have a chance to generate electricity and get paid for it by TNB, makes the ROI (return of investment) very attractive.

4. Long Effective Lifespan

The good thing is that once you invest in a solar power plant, it can last 40 to 50 years.

Yes, you can replace the solar panels with new, more efficient modules, and once the infrastructure is built, you will have solar energy power for a long time.

5. Solar Energy is Quick to Deploy

You can quickly build small solar plants, in a matter of weeks to restore electricity after a disaster. No other fossil power plant can be installed so quickly.

6. It can be Installed Everywhere

Solar panels systems are most effective due to constant exposure to the sun, but this doesn’t mean that it cannot generate electricity or heat when it is cloudy, raining or cold. You can enjoy solar energy in any region.

Solar panels need sunlight to generate electricity, not sun heat.

7. Largest Solar Park

The largest solar park in the world is located in the Sahara Desert. Once the project is completed by 2020, with a capacity of 580 megawatts, it will provide electricity power to 1 million people.

Malaysia largest solar farm is located on 98 hectares of land in Mukim Tanjung 12, Sepang. It uses 230,000 solar panels, increasing TNB renewable energy capacity to the national grid to 73.2 megawatts.

Even though the solar industry in Malaysia is starting to get a lot of attention, with the Government setting a target of having 20% of the country’s electricity generated from renewable sources by 2030, we are still a small fish compared to China.

China installed more than 50 GW last year. This could power 8.2 million homes.

Benefits of Solar Energy

The main benefit of solar energy is that it is truly a renewable energy source that is available every day, and in every region of the world, unlike some other sources of energy.

Moreover, we can never run out of solar energy.

Other benefits include:

  • Reduces electricity bills
  • Low maintenance cost
  • Good long-term investment
  • Government benefits
  • Can be connected to the electricity grid

Solar energy has a favorable impact on the environment, and it’s free and abundant.

So if we invest in a solar energy system, we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels in favor of the most consistent source of energy we have, the sun.

Yeo Bee Yin

Malaysia Government Open Tender for RM 2bil of Large Scale Solar (LSS) Project

On February 15, 2019, Yeo Bee Yin, the Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister, has called for bids for an estimated RM2 billion worth of projects under LSS3 scheme to increase the production of electricity from renewable energy.

The competitive bidding process, Yeo said, would open from February to August 2019. By the end of the year, the outcome of the exercise is expected.

Who will win this bidding exercise?

First, this is an open tender free for all. Malaysia government is looking for whichever party that can offer the lowest price for the first 500 megawatts (MW) and pass all the required financial and technical qualifications.

Yeo explained that the contractors for engineering, construction and commissioning must be 100 per cent local and added that the ownership can be up to 49% foreign.

She made it a point at the conference that the government is looking for the best price.

solar farm

To lower electricity tariffs and get better financing rates from financial institutions, the quota offered to each developer will be increased to 100 MW from 30MW for the LSS3 scheme.

Yeo also added that quotas offered to developers will no longer be based on capacity range, to allow them to bid for higher capacities.

The main purpose is that by 2030, or sooner, electricity tariffs can be lowered and become competitive against other forms of energy power such as gas and coal.

Why is this important?

Renewable energy provide tariffs that are more stable because they do not rely on market prices of fuel, and are calculated based on the levelized cost of energy.

With LSS2, the solar tariffs can go as low as 33.98 per kilowatt hour, and now with this open tender, it could go lower.

The two cycles of LSS projects had a total installed capacity of 958 MW.

The Malaysia government plans to increase the country’s electricity from 2 per cent from renewable sources to 20 per cent in 2025. This means about 3,991 MW of new energy capacity will be needed in addition to the grid.

By doing this, it will open more opportunities to incumbents and new entrants. This without a doubt will be more noticeable on the smaller players.

Solarvest Commercial / Industrial solar panel

Malaysia government also plans to increase electricity generation by other mechanisms such as feed in tariff sources, biogas, biomass, and geothermal mini hydro while promoting LSS projects.

The LSS3 project is an effort of the Malaysia Government towards the growth of renewable energy in the country. LSS projects produce 958 MW of electricity between the end of 2018 until 2020.

In Malaysia, solar energy accounts for about 67% of renewable energy capacity while biogas and biomass are the second largest with 28%.

It is expected that LLS3 will have the same success of the previous two rounds, the most recent of which saw awards for 563MW in December 2017.

The submission of proposal will close on August 19, 2019, before 5.00pm.

Solarvest solar panel installation

Can I Install Solar Panels Myself?

Does do-it-yourself solar panel installation make sense to you? It’s not surprising that many homeowners are considering a DIY solar panel installation. Many people consider the do-it-yourself way because they want to save money.

The question remains: is it worth it?

Bear in mind that installing solar panels is completely different from installing other home improvements projects. In fact, getting solar panels up on the roof is not the biggest part of the process. Instead, it’s taking time to do research and plan every part of your system. First, you will need to understand how solar panels work and you will need to plan all the process.

When everything is ready, Solar panels offer major financial benefits because they reduce your monthly electricity costs, and can even increase the value of your property. Plus there are a lot of incentives from the Malaysia government and utility companies that can help reduce your net cost by 30 percent or more. In this blog post, we’re glad to present to you all the information you need before deciding to install it yourself.

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5 Step to install a Solar Panel System

  1. Determine your energy needs.
  2. Buy solar equipment: solar panels, inverters, racking, etc.
  3. Install the racking or mounts for the solar panels.
  4. Connect the solar panels to the racking equipment.
  5. Install a solar inverter.

As you can see, there are a lot of details that a professional installer can help you with. Keep in mind that your solar energy system should continue to generate electricity for the next 25 to 35 years.

If you buy a home solar kit from a store, it may be less expensive per watt, and you might not be getting the same quality equipment that solar installers are able to offer you. Additionally, solar installers buy from equipment distributors who don’t sell to the general public, so they are able to offer lower prices as they buy in bulk.

Most home solar kits are designed for off grid use. However, going off grid might not in your best interest as you should be able to access utility generated electricity at all times of the day, every day.

Installing a solar panel system is complicated, and it requires training and experience.

If you buy a home solar kit, you may be able to pay less, but don’t forget that the solar industry in Malaysia offers additional value for relatively very little additional cost.

The fact is, when you hire someone who knows what they are doing, you actually save both time and money in the long run. Professional solar installers in Malaysia have a lot of experience, something you cannot find online or in the DIY guide. They are qualified to install solar power systems so you can be sure you are working with someone who really understands the process.

Another benefit of working with a professional solar installer in Malaysia is that they will help you complete and file the permits and applications that you need to get your solar power energy system up and running. Remember your utility company won’t let you connect your solar system to the grid without a signature from a certified electrician.

Besides, your solar installer will help you with all your questions, and even assist you in finding an incentive in your area that you may have missed, so that you can save more money.

Finally, remember that almost all solar power systems offer a warranty that may only be honored if a qualified installer installs the equipment. With that being said, does it mean there is no way to save money on solar panel installation?

You can, actually. The best tips are get multiple quotations, research and consider all solar companies in your area, consider all available options, and compare costs before making a decision. In other words, the more well informed you are, the better you get to save on your solar panel installation.

Noor Complex Solar Power Plant, Morocco

Largest Solar Power Plants in the World

Solar Power is the fastest growing energy source in the world. Today, almost every country is producing solar energy. The majority of the global solar power is coming from China, India and the US, with the Middle East coming strong.

In the past five years, solar panels systems have nearly quadrupled, going up to nearly 400GW by the end of last year. Solar energy contributed 20% of global power growth in 2018.

In Malaysia, by the year 2025, 20 percent of its energy will be from renewable sources. The renewable sources include biomass (99MW), biogas (59MW) and hydro (42MW) with solar energy being the biggest contributor — 75 percent (375MW) of the total.

The solar industry in Malaysia is expanding and is becoming an attractive investment for renewable developers. An example of this is the construction of the largest solar power farm in Sepang, Selangor, which uses 230,000 solar panels, installed in 98 hectares of land.

But where are the biggest solar power plants?

With more solar projects planned across the world, the “largest solar plant” changes continuously. Here are the largest solar plants in the world today.

Noor Complex Solar Power Plant, Morocco

Noor Complex Solar Power Plant, Morocco

Noor Complex Solar Power Plant is located in the Sahara Desert and it is the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant. The Solar Plant capacity is of 580 megawatts, and by 2020, it is expected to provide electricity for over 1 million people, once completed.


Kamuthi Solar Power Station, India

Kamuthi Solar Power Station, India

Kamuthi Solar Power Plant is located in India. Covering 2,500 acres and consisting of 2.5 million solar panels, the plant is able to power 750,000 people. The solar plant has a total generation capacity of 648MW. Every day, the robotic system that is charged by its own solar panels cleans the plant.


Solar Star Solar Farm, California

Solar Star Solar Farm

Solar Star is located in Rosamond, California, US. and the site area is 13 square kilometres. This solar plant has 1.7 million solar panels that can supply electricity to 255,000 homes. Solar Star is responsible for nearly 17% of California’s electricity supply.


Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, China

Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, China

Longyangxia Dam Solar Park is located in the city of Cixi in eastern Zhejiang in China. It has installed 300 hectares of solar panels above a fish farm. The solar plant has enough power to supply electricity for 100,000 houses and it generates 220 gigawatt hours of electricity a year.


Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park, India

Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park, India

Covering 5,932.32 acres in the Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park has the capacity to generate 1,000MW. More than four million solar panels were installed in the solar power plant, each with a capacity of 315W of 320W.

The site can generate more than 8 million kWh of electricity on sunny days, meeting the entire demand of the Kurnool district.


Enel Villanueva PV Plant, Mexico

Enel Villanueva PV Plant, Mexico

Enel Villanueva solar plant is located in Coahuila, Mexico. It has over 2.3 million solar panels and is able to produce more than 1,7000GWh per year.


Datong Solar Power Top Runner Base, China

Datong Solar Power Top Runner Base, China

Datong Solar Power Plant is located in China and it can be the largest solar plant in the world once completed. The solar plant has generated a total of 870 million watts of electricity power, which is equivalent to more than 120 million watts per month.

Tengger Desert Solar Park, China

Tengger Desert Solar Park, China

Tengger Desert Solar Park is by far the world’s largest solar array. It is located in Zhongwei, Ningxia and 1547MW of solar power was installed.

The Tengger Desert covers about 36,700 km and the solar park itself occupies 1,200 Km (3.2%) of land.

The solar energy in Malaysia plays an important role in the energy mix, mainly because the sun shines all year around. In fact, this energy is much more affordable than 10 years ago.

As the solar industry in Malaysia is well established, there is a reliable and low cost supply chain for solar project developers. Steady growth is expected; projected figure is fixed at 8.5% for annual average growth rate between 2019 and 2027.