Malaysia aims to become world’s second largest PV producer by 2020

PV are best known as a method for generating electric power by using solar cells to convert energy from the sun. — Reuters pic
PV are best known as a method for generating electric power by using solar cells to convert energy from the sun. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 — Malaysia aims to be the second largest producer of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the world by 2020, said Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water Secretary-General, Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang.

He said the current output was 12 per cent and the aim was to reach 20 per cent by then.

“Malaysia is currently ranked third in terms of solar PV production.

“According to market research, in 2015, total global shipment of solar PV amounted to 50.8 gigawatts.

“China contributed 48 per cent, Taiwan 20 per cent, Malaysia 12 per cent and Japan six per cent,” he said.

Zaini said this to reporters after opening the two-day 7th International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia here today.

He said in order to achieve the target Malaysia must adopt the green technology and not being left behind this lucrative markets such as in the US, European and Japan.

“Another initiative to meet the target is that Malaysia is now embarking on net energy metering (NEM) as an attractive method to drive solar energy growth,” he said.

NEM will enable more house and building owners, whether industrial or commercial, to generate electricity for solar PV and use it internally, he said.

Zaini said Malaysia has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emission intensity of gross domestic product by 45 per cent by 2030.

PV are best known as a method for generating electric power by using solar cells to convert energy from the sun. — Bernama

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