Gleaming blue solar panels, more commonly seen on the roofs of factories and commercial buildings, can now be installed in schools, mosques and even orphanages.
Since July 2014, the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) hsa made it possible for such places to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems under the "community" sector. Under SEDA's Feed-In-Tariff (FiT) scheme, whatever renewable electricity that is generated can be sold to Tenaga Nasional Berhad at a fixed rate for a period of 21 years.
Three categories are eligible for the Fit scheme: educational institutions (schools and kindergartens); places of worship (mosques, churches and temples); and care centres (orphanages, nursing homes and old folks homes, among others).
A SEDA spokesperson says the community solar scheme is a way of giving back to the public who have contributed to the renewable energy fund. (Consumers using more than 300kWh of electricity each month contribute to this fund, which is used to promote renewable energy in the country.)
Monday June 22, 2015