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The Thailand Energy Regulatory Commission plans to open up the long-awaited solar rooftop scheme in March, with a total capacity of 100 megawatts. This is the second round of the solar rooftop programme for local investors after the first round opened in September 2013 with a total capacity of 200MW, all of which has commenced commercial operation.
The Malaysian government is looking into energy efficiency and renewable energy to reduce electricity bills and decarbonising the government’s administration, said the Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change. In a statement from the Sustainable Energy Development Authority, she said by introducing new policies like the net energy metering programme, the government hopes it can catalyse and scale up the RE growth in the country.
In October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a clarion call for the world’s governments to increase renewable energy capacity to 85 per cent of electricity by 2050 to urgently tackle climate change. The UN body for assessing the science related to climate change said this will help contain warming to below 1.5°C. But Southeast Asia is blatantly ignoring the IPCC’s plea.
Over the past few years, although there has been a climb in investment in renewable energy, not only authorised agencies, but investors have expressed their concern about the capacity of absorbing electricity of the national power grid. The southern central region is home to the nation’s renewable energy, but power grid conditions there are not prepared for upcoming demands.