By KEVIN WONG / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
Trina Solar Ltd, the world’s largest solar energy solutions manufacturer, expects a 10% adoption rate for its home solar panel system in Malaysia within the first six months to a year.
Trina Solar Asia Pacific and Middle East senior sales director Ku Jun Heong said the company sees ample opportunity to increase the use of renewable energy in the country through the adoption of solar energy solutions.
“Solar energy is environmentally friendly as it uses renewable energy unlike coal and other fossil fuels that produces pollution, thus Trinahome is perfect for households and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) looking to reduce their energy bills while at the same time help the environment,” he said.
Ku said Trinahome is perfect for SMEs as running a 10-kilowatt (kW) powered solar panel system does not require any permit.
“A 10kW-powered source can be installed on the roof-tops of factories, warehouses and commercial buildings easily,” he said.
At present, renewable energy only accounts for 2% of the country’s energy mix.
The Malaysian government aims to increase this number to 20% by 2025.
“Solar energy is well-positioned to help the government achieve its target,” Ku said.
According to The International Renewable Energy Agency, the country’s solar energy capacity rose 362-megawatt (MW) in 2017 compared to 340MW in 2016, representing a 6% year-on-year increase.
Ku attributed the increase to government agencies’ feed-in tariffs (FiTs) and net energy metering, as well as the people’s growing interest in saving the planet by going solar.
“It makes sense that solar energy would play an important role in Malaysia’s energy mix considering how near the equator and sunny it is.
Ku said the cost of solar energy has over the years reduced dramatically, this will attract more residential owners as well as SMEs to solar power, which will in turn see higher solar energy adoption.
According to Ku, it is cheaper to own a system and generate your own solar power in the long run compared to buying solar electricity from the grid.
On a separate note, Trina Solar recently donated and mounted a 3kW solar system on the rooftop of a children’s orphanage, Vision Home, in Ipoh, Perak.
Ku said the company also connected Vision Home’s solar system to the electricity grid.
“This will allow any unused electricity to be fed back into the grid thus earning the orphanage monies under Malaysia’s FiT scheme.
“Trina Solar system at the same time help Vision Home to immediately cut its energy bills” he said.
He added that one of the key benefits of the system is that it is way cheaper than electricity from the grid.
“Now, communities that previously had no electricity because they lived or worked too far from the grid, can now have their own reliable source of electricity,” he said.
Trinahome comes with a zero export function that allows users to connect onto the electrical grid as well as give them the options of selling their unused electricity consumption.