skip to main content

Empowering Distributed Solar PV Energy for Malaysian Rural Housing: Towards Energy Security and Equitability of Rural Communities

1Department of Building Surveying, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), 32610, Perak, Malaysia

2School of Architecture and Planning, NICAI, The University of Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

Published: 4 Feb 2013.
Editor(s): H. Hadiyanto
Open Access Copyright (c) 2013 The Authors. Published by Centre of Biomass and Renewable Energy (CBIORE)
Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Citation Format:
Abstract
This paper illustrates on how Malaysia’s development landscapes has been poweredby cheap oil and gas making it dependent and addicted on using large amounts of fossil fuels. As acountry that is primarily depended on fossil fuels for generating power supply, Malaysia needs tocogitate of long-term energy security due to fossil fuel depletion and peak oil issues. Loss of theseresources could leadto thereduction of power generation capacitywhich will threaten the stabilityof the electricity supply in Malaysia. This could potentially influence in an increase in electricitycosts which lead to a phase of power scarcity and load shedding for the country. With the risk ofinterrupted power supplies, rural households, especially those of low-income groups areparticularly vulnerable to the post-effects of a power outage and an inequitable distribution to thepeople. Distributed generation of electricity by solar PVs diminishes the vulnerability of thesehouseholds and can also offer an income to them by feeding the power supply to the national gridthrough Feed-in Tariff scheme. At the moment, the deployment of solar PV installations is still inthe introductory stage in Malaysia, where roof-mounted PV panels are only available to commercialand urban residential buildings. This is due to the lack of a suitable renewable energy policy forrural households and the high cost of the solar PV technology. This paper will put forward ananalysis for incorporating solar photovoltaic on roofs of rural houses by identifying the energyconsumption of these households and the extent to which PVs can alleviate electricity insecurity.The results present significant potential for distributed PV power generation in rural areas inMalaysia which shown a considerable amount of electricity needed to be harvested from roofmountedsolar PV for rural people in Malaysia.
Fulltext View|Download

Article Metrics:

Article Info
Section: Original Research Article
Language : EN
Statistics:
Share:

Last update:

  1. Household electricity consumption in rural area: An occupant’s behavior analysis to increase energy saving

    Yusri Syam Akil, Wardi, Zaenab Muslimin, Imran Taufik. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 1811 (1), 2021. doi: 10.1088/1742-6596/1811/1/012023
  2. Solar Village in Malaysia – A Route Map for Financing Mechanism

    Nur Azfahani Ahmad, Hugh Byrd, Nurul Fadzila Zahari, Suriani Ngah Abdul Wahab, Aida Affina Abdul Ghani, S.N.B. Kamaruzzaman, A.S.B. Ali, N.F.B. Azmi, S.J.L. Chua. MATEC Web of Conferences, 66 , 2016. doi: 10.1051/matecconf/20166600057
  3. Optimal Techno-Economic Design of Standalone Hybrid Renewable Energy System Using Genetic Algorithm

    Mohamad Izdin.Hlal, Vigna K Ramachandaramurthy, Farrukh Hafiz Nagi, Tuan Ab Rashid bin Tuan Abdullah. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 268 , 2019. doi: 10.1088/1755-1315/268/1/012012
  4. On the Optimal Tilt Angle and Orientation of an On-Site Solar Photovoltaic Energy Generation System for Sabah’s Rural Electrification

    Maryon Eliza Matius, Mohd Azlan Ismail, Yan Yan Farm, Adriana Erica Amaludin, Mohd Adzrie Radzali, Ahmad Fazlizan, Wan Khairul Muzammil. Sustainability, 13 (10), 2021. doi: 10.3390/su13105730
  5. Household-Level Effects of Energy Insecurity on Welfare in Southern Africa: A Malawian Case Study

    Fydess Khundi Mkomba, Akshay Kumar Saha, Umaru Garba Wali. International Journal of Renewable Energy Development, 10 (1), 2021. doi: 10.14710/ijred.2021.33234

Last update: 2021-09-19 19:09:14

  1. Modern load profile for standalone PV rural household in Malaysia

    Fahmi M.I.. IET Conference Publications, 127 , 2018.
  2. Establishing solar village communities in malaysia towards a self-sufficient electricity lifestyle: The feasibility study

    Ahmad N.A.. International Journal of Innovative Technology and Exploring Engineering, 8 (5), 2019.
  3. Solar Village in Malaysia-A Route Map for Financing Mechanism

    Ahmad N.. MATEC Web of Conferences, 66 , 2016. doi: 10.1051/matecconf/20166600057
  4. Optimal cost of a solar photovoltaic system for a remote house in Bihar

    Jha S.K.. International Journal of Renewable Energy Development, 4 (2), 2015. doi: 10.14710/ijred.4.2.153-161
  5. Towards energy transition: Conjoint assessment of large-scale PV system performance and interconnection impacts in isolated microgrid

    Chai Z.L.. Indonesian Journal of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, 8 (3), 2020. doi: 10.11591/ijeei.v8i3.1609
  6. Optimal Techno-Economic Design of Standalone Hybrid Renewable Energy System Using Genetic Algorithm

    Mohamad Izdin.Hlal, Vigna K Ramachandaramurthy, Farrukh Hafiz Nagi, Tuan Ab Rashid bin Tuan Abdullah. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 268 , 2019. doi: 10.1088/1755-1315/268/1/012012
  7. Household-Level Effects of Energy Insecurity on Welfare in Southern Africa: A Malawian Case Study

    Fydess Khundi Mkomba, Akshay Kumar Saha, Umaru Garba Wali. International Journal of Renewable Energy Development, 10 (1), 2021. doi: 10.14710/ijred.2021.33234
  8. A case study on the potential photovoltaic Applications in Langkawi island

    Ahmad N.A.. Journal of Sustainability Science and Management, 14 (3), 2019.