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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Seda Pays Out RM38 Million To Feed-In Approval Holders
PETALING JAYA: Some RM38mil has been disbursed to feed-in approval holders (FiAH) by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (Seda).
“As at June 30, Seda had disbursed approximately RM38mil for the recovery of monies for the payout to the FiAH and administrative fees,” a spokesperson told StarBiz.
The agency said the amount had been distributed to four distribution licensees, namely, Tenaga Nasional Bhd, Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd, NUR Distribution and Malakoff Utilities.
Under the Renewable Energy Act 2011, individuals or non-individuals can sell electricity generated from renewable energy (RE) resources back to power utility firms at a fixed premium price for a specific time.
The four RE resources that are eligible for feed-in-tariff are biogas, biomass, small hydropower and solar photovoltaic (PV).
The payment is financed by an RE Fund contributed by electricity consumers who consume more than 300kWh of electricity per month. The current 1% extra charge translates to about RM300mil per annum.
Asked on the quota to be released in the next two years, Seda said: “The amount of quota to be released depends on the amount of RE Fund which comes from the 1% extra charge currently imposed on the electricity tariff. The release of new quotas would depend on the next extra 1% supposed to be imposed in the next electricity tariff review, which is yet to be announced by the Government.”
StarBiz had reported that Seda would not hesitate to revoke the licences given to FiAH who did not comply with the required project milestones.
Sources said it was a tedious process to revoke FiAH and the revocation was legal, and thus, the authority would need some time to check if all milestones had been met.
“Yes, a few FiAHs have been revoked (solar PV for non-individuals, biogas and biomass). The basis for revocation is always because FiAHs are unable to meet their milestones on project progress despite repeated reminders,” Seda said, without naming the companies whose FiAH had been revoked.
As of June 30, Seda had approved a total of 1,614 applications, with a total capacity of 480.45MW.
Out of that, a total of 189.78MW was from solar PV, and from this number, the total approved for the individual category was 16.64MW.