Salam Aidil Fitri 1431H
I wish to take this opportunity to wish all readers a “Selamat Hari Raya” from everybody at MBIPV Project. It is also a good time for me to seek for your forgiveness, in particular for not updating this message.
Time moves so fast that suddenly it is Hari Raya in September 2010. Many things have happened since my last message in January, which certainly have kept me and my team busy, day and night, 7 days a week.
Here are some updates for you:
1) Effective 13th January 2010, the MBIPV project reports directly to the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA). Thus, MBIPV Project is no longer associated with Pusat Tenaga Malaysia (PTM), or now known as GreenTech Malaysia.
2) Starting from 1st Feb 2010, the National Project Director of MBIPV Project is Pn Badriyah Abdul Malek, Undersecretary of Sustainable Energy Division (Energy Section of KeTTHA).
3) On 2nd July 2010, KeTTHA issued a letter confirming that the MBIPV Project is now acting as the interim renewable energy (RE) team for KeTTHA. As a result, our scope has expanded from solar PV to all renewable energy (and including energy efficiency policy). Thus, we have been assisting KeTTHA directly in the subjects and all related matters.
4) On 1st July 2010, the “RE/MBIPV National Project Team” (i.e. RE stands for Renewable Energy) moved out of PTM to our own office (temporary) at Level 1 of Danau Point (just behind Alamanda in Precinct 16 Putrajaya), to be closer to KeTTHA. It is just a small office but very conducive. Here I wish to thank Putra Perdana (the landlord) for their kind cooperation to offer us the space in a very short notice, and to make us feel very comfortable. The building even has its own BIPV system.
5) Starting from 1st August 2010, YBrsh Ms Loo Took Gee is now the Secretary General of Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water (KeTTHA). We extend our heartiest congratulation to Ms Loo who is certainly a well known figure in the energy sector. At the same time, we also express our utmost gratitude and appreciation to YBhg Dato Dr Halim Man for his strong support and guidance to MBIPV Project throughout the years.
RE Policy / feed-in tariff (FiT) updates:
6) The Cabinet has approved the National Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan on 2nd April 2010. We are in the process of publishing the executive summary of the RE Policy, subject to the approval from KeTTHA.
7) On 4th July 2010, the YB Minister Dato Sri Peter Chin released the official press statement on feed-in tariff and the National RE Policy. A copy of the press statement is available from the “media – news” section of the MBIPV website.
8) The development of RE Act has been completed. The draft act is currently being reviewed by the AG Chambers. Relevant information including FAQ on feed-in tariff can be downloaded from the MBIPV website.
What can you expect in the next few months?
1) The public open day on the Economic Transformation Programme (NKEA) would be held on 21st Sept 2010 at PWTC (from 9am to 5pm) – pls check www.pemandu.gov.my. RE certainly has some roles to play in the NKEA, especially for solar and palm oil. Thus, pls attend if you can and give your input to further enhance the developed programmes.
2) Should everything goes according to plan, then the RE Act and the SEDA Act would be tabled in the Parliament (1st reading) this October 2010. Please tell your YB MPs to support the bills, as we will need all the support that we can get.
3) I mentioned SEDA Act, so what is SEDA. Well, SEDA stands for “Sustainable Energy Development Authority”. Its sole purpose is to implement feed-in tariff, enhance RE deployment in the country and execute the national RE Action Plan. SEDA’s office would be located in Putrajaya (along the Persiaran Perdana in Precinct 4, next to Kementerian Belia dan Sukan). But this office would only be operational early next year.
4) Between October 2010 to the start of feed-in tariff, there will be more dialogs with stakeholders to refine the implementation details of the FiT. So please check MBIPV website from time to time should you wish to participate. You may also send us emails.
5) Looking at how things are progressing, we can anticipate the start of feed-in tariff around July 2011, provided the RE and SEDA bills are tabled in October 2010 and can be passed accordingly. However, the key question is, when would the 1% be incorporated into the electricity tariff to fund the FiT (as indicated in the 10th Malaysia Plan – Chapter 6). Without the 1%, FiT certainly cannot start as there would be no fund to pay for the FiT.
Updates on RE/MBIPV Project Team:
1) The MBIPV Project will be completed by 30th September 2010. All MBIPV project team members (including myself) would still be around to finalise the project closure until 31st December 2010. After that date, we will have to move on.
2) Mr Vincent Tan, the Technical Advisor of Component 2 has completed all his tasks and would be leaving the MBIPV team at the end of Sept 2010. Earlier, Mr Daniel Ruoss and Mr Nazri have left the team upon completion of their respective tasks (note: it does not mean the 3 gentlemen are setting business together, but they are moving on with their own interests). Thus, I wish to thank all of them for their efforts and perseverance, while wishing them future prosperity.
3) To support our expanded roles as the RE team for KeTTHA, we have received 5 additional officers from KeTTHA. You may check-out who these people are at our contact page.
That is all for now.
FYI, I will be away to USA from 26th Sept to 17th Oct to attend the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on Renewable Energy and Climate Change, as invited by the US Government. It is an honour for me to receive such an invitation and I wish to express my appreciation to the US Government and the Embassy.
Here, I also like to put on record my appreciation to the Italian Embassy and the Trade Commission for their support to an earlier invitation last year. And most importantly, my special gratitude to the German Embassy and the German (Green) Ambassador H.E. Dr. Guenter Gruber for his unwavering support to promote RE in Malaysia.
Subsequent to the IVLP, I will be attending the IEA-PVPS ExCo meeting in Montreal and thus would only be back in Malaysia by 25th October 2010.
In the meantime, my team members will continue with their works, lead by the ever dependable Ms Chen Wei Nee.
Salam Aidil Fitri, mohon maaf zahir dan batin.
9 September 2010
Happy New Year 2010!
Today, we embrace this New Year with great hopes that 2010 would be a defining year not only to solar energy, but to all indigenous renewable energies in Malaysia. The momentum is certainly picking up. On the other hand, many of us are still unaware of the efforts and plans which are being put forward, and thus we are still working within our own circles. There is a need for us to interact a lot more and focus on the bigger picture to prioritise RE agenda through the Renewable Energy Act 2010. The proposed act is not the only solution but it provides a mean to prioritise the RE agenda in this country and correct all the past mistakes. Let’s make the act a reality and not just an empty promise.
2009 certainly taught me something significant through my interaction with two great people, Dr Hermann Scheer and Mr Hans-Josef Fell. If you are not familiar with the names, please Google them. Here are their two key messages that I wish to share with you:
1) Renewable energy and energy efficiency can displace fossil fuels in our future energy demand. 90% plus of our energy planners and engineers today are trained to think with fossil fuel as the core energy supply. Thus, we need to break this mind set. This requires a paradigm shift for our new breed of energy planners and engineers to plan with distributed power generations (ie RE) coupled with EE and smart grids as the core. There is no need for a base load power. Instead energy is generated when it is needed and closest to the point of the demand.
2) Renewable energy is about distributing the wealth and choice to the people. This means letting go the central power or control, and trusting the people with the power to make the decision, and benefiting from such decision.
Is Malaysia ready to embrace such future? I believe so, but all of us need to ensure that the right people with the right competency are entrusted with such responsibility. Such leaders need to be accountable and transparent in their actions, while we need to trust their judgements to lead. Nevertheless, we have the most important role to ensure that the right people become these leaders. Thus, we shall look forward and not be afraid to put down our opinions on the 'official' appointment of such leaders in 2010, who will then lead us to this new greener future. Often we take this for granted or we take too long to decide because we are afraid to make a decision or give a constructive comment. 2010 is the year to change and make this right!
May 2010 be a prosperous year to us all.
1st January 2010
We just concluded the 2nd National PV Conference last Tuesday (17th Nov 2009). The forum went very well with overwhelming attendance (almost 1200 participants). The highlight of the day was certainly the speech by Dr Hermann Scheer. In fact, throughout his 1 day visit, Dr Scheer gave 3 speeches, 2 interviews and had several private discussions. Many people have approached me saying that Dr Scheer is truly an exceptional person and how the PV conference was a great success. The anticipation for the next PV conference is certainly very high, in particular towards the beginning of a new era for RE in Malaysia with the feed-in tariff. But will the feed-in tariff really happen? Well, the signs are good but we still need to get the final endorsement from the Cabinet and for the RE Act to be passed in Parliament. We certainly need the backing of the Members of Parliament. Thus, please pass the message of Dr Scheer to others who were not present at the conference, and convince our MPs to strongly support such proposal in the Parliament. All of us need to do our part to make this great hope becomes a reality next year.
20th November 2009
I hope that all of you will find this new website refreshing and easier to use. It has taken us a while to do this, but I believe it is never too late and in fact timely. Looking back, the original MBIPV website was developed way back in 2004, when the MBIPV Project concept was first conceived. At that time, it only took two people to put together the information and layout. Since then, the MBIPV Project has evolved and expanded to the point that the original website framework could no longer contain the vast information. Hence, the new look today. This would hopefully signify the next step for solar PV in Malaysia, as we move towards 2010 and beyond. It has been an exciting journey so far, for me personally and also to my team. We have great expectations for the future especially with the plan for RE Act and feed-in tariff by the 10th Malaysia Plan, as well as developing solar PV industry as one of our new sources of economic growth. I sincerely hope that you too share our enthusiasm and believe that solar energy can and will play an important role for our future.
With warmest regards,
31st October 2009