Implementation of photovoltaics in Malaysia

Ali Askar Sher Mohamad, Jagadeesh Pasupuleti, Abd Halim Shamsuddin

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Abstract

This paper aims to explore the viability of photovoltaic (PV) systems in Malaysia. The Malaysian Energy Center (PTM)'s Suria1000 project highlights the problems associated with rooftop PV systems. TNB's off-grid PV projects also provide valuable lessons on standalone PV systems. PTM's Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) project shows grid-connected rooftop PV systems are viable. The annual energy output of these installations has been found to be in the top 50 % of similar installations Worldwide. The major obstacles to these systems are the high capital cost of the system and the absence of a feed-in tariff. TNB's experience with offgrid PV projects point to their viability as an attractive alternative to costly extension of the grid for small isolated loads. The major problem is the high maintenance cost of these installations. Simulation studies indicate that standalone PV systems with storage capacity and backup generator are cheaper than grid extension for small loads beyond a certain distance from the grid. Rooftop PV generation in the commercial areas of the city can also be an attractive alternative to upgrading the existing grid capacity. The study concludes that various PV system options need to be introduced into the country on an urgent basis to bring down capital and maintenance costs as well as provide learning opportunities to upgrade the technical competencies of its human resource.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICEE 2009 - Proceeding 2009 3rd International Conference on Energy and Environment
Subtitle of host publicationAdvancement Towards Global Sustainability
Pages412-417
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2009
Event2009 3rd International Conference on Energy and Environment: Advancement Towards Global Sustainability, ICEE 2009 - Malacca, Malaysia
Duration: 07 Dec 200908 Dec 2009

Publication series

NameICEE 2009 - Proceeding 2009 3rd International Conference on Energy and Environment: Advancement Towards Global Sustainability

Other

Other2009 3rd International Conference on Energy and Environment: Advancement Towards Global Sustainability, ICEE 2009
CountryMalaysia
CityMalacca
Period07/12/0908/12/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Engineering

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    Mohamad, A. A. S., Pasupuleti, J., & Shamsuddin, A. H. (2009). Implementation of photovoltaics in Malaysia. In ICEE 2009 - Proceeding 2009 3rd International Conference on Energy and Environment: Advancement Towards Global Sustainability (pp. 412-417). [5398614] (ICEE 2009 - Proceeding 2009 3rd International Conference on Energy and Environment: Advancement Towards Global Sustainability). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICEENVIRON.2009.5398614