Solar@PETRA: The Government’s Mission to Reduce the Nation’s Carbon Footprint – Fadillah

Solar@PETRA: The Government’s Mission to Reduce the Nation’s Carbon Footprint – Fadillah

SHAH ALAM: The Ministry of Energy Transition and Water Transformation (PETRA) launched the Solar Energy Transition for the People (Solar@PETRA) initiative and the Solar CAN! Program at a shopping center here today.

This is in line with the Paris Agreement, where Malaysia aims to contribute to the global effort to reduce the carbon footprint within the country and ultimately achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by as early as 2050.

The implementation of this initiative aims to expand and enhance the installation of solar PV systems among domestic users through specially designed programs and schemes as catalysts to improve accessibility.

Its Minister, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, said they are committed to continuing all efforts and initiatives planned and identified towards reducing the carbon footprint of the electricity supply sector.

“The Solar@PETRA initiative and the Solar CAN! Program have been specifically designed to expand public access to solar installation schemes on residential premises.

“It will also serve as a patronage initiative for programs or solar schemes tailored for the people, including the Solar CAN! Program,” he added.

The Solar BOLEH! Program is a joint effort between PETRA, the AEON Group, SOLS Energy, and Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN), providing various options and further facilitating public access to solar PV system installation schemes offered in the market.

Solar BOLEH! is also an addition to the solar rebate program introduced by the government in early April 2024, namely the Solar for the People Incentive Scheme (SolaRIS) being implemented by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).

Furthermore, he said they are open to expanding the program in the future.

“Last week, what I launched was in hospitals like Prince Court, and all those hospitals will have solar panels installed on their roofs, so I hope more will come forward to cooperate with us and (PETRA) will support and assist,” he said.

Fadillah, who was also the Deputy Prime Minister previously, announced the Solar for the People Incentive Scheme (SolaRIS) program to encourage the installation of photovoltaic solar systems (PV) by domestic users.

The program encourages government hospitals to also install them, not just private healthcare facilities.

“I pledge that PETRA will continue its efforts to design more specialized programs to enable the public to benefit more from the implementation of solar technology for electricity generation through the installation of solar PV systems on residential premises,” he further explained.

-Agency

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