The Malaysian Government has introduced the Net Energy Metering (NEM) 3.0 program to provide opportunity for more users to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on the roofs of their respective buildings for electricity bill reduction.
Concept for NEM Rakyat
Under the NEM Rakyat Program, Domestic Consumer(s) who has a solar PV installation on the roof-top of their premises will consume the energy produced first, and any excess will be exported to the TNB grid. The credit to be received for such excess energy will be used to offset part of the electricity bill on a “one-on-one” offset basis for a period of ten (10) years of operation.
Tariff Category: Domestic
Implementation Period: 1st February 2021 – 31st December 2023
Capacity Limits: Single Phase (4 kWac) and Three Phase (10 kWac)
The energy generated by NEM consumers will be consumed first which implies that less energy will be imported from the Distribution Licensee (DL). In many countries, the NEM scheme is effective to hedge against fluctuation or increase in electricity tariff in the future. This is especially relevant for consumers that fall under the high electricity tariff block.
Under this program, any excess energy generated will be exported to the utility grid and will be paid on a “one-on-one” offset basis. The priority is for self-consumption. As most domestic consumers may not be at home during the weekdays and may have excess energy exported to the grid, the credit shall be allowed to roll over for a maximum of 12 months.
• Registered consumers of TNB in Peninsular Malaysia or a person applying to be a consumer of TNB
• Domestic Consumer(s) who have not participated in any of the prior solar programs
• Domestic Consumer means a consumer occupying a private dwelling premise which is not used as a hotel, boarding house or used for the purpose of carrying out any form of business, trade, professional activities or services
The solar PV Installation shall be of PV panels mounted on the rooftop of the building within the same premise.
Two types of meter are required as below:
• TNB’s bi-directional meter (with import-export feature) to record the amount of electricity consumed, produced or exported;
• PV meter to record the total amount of electricity generated by the PV system.
The Applicant should commence to install the solar PV installation within three (3) months from the date of the NEM approval, failing which, the approval shall be cancelled. Any processing fee paid shall not be refunded.
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