The Government of Malaysia has announced targets of increasing the share of renewable energy (RE) in the total installed capacity to 31 per cent by 2025 and 40 per cent by 2035. This move is expected to reduce carbon emissions of Malaysia’s power sector by 45 per cent by 2025 and 65 per cent in 2035.

Currently, the total installed capacity of RE in Malaysia is 7,995 MW, which makes up nearly 22.5 per cent of the total power mix. Out of this, solar energy contributes to 1,368.9 MW of RE generation, large and mini-hydropower plants contribute 5,863.9 MW, biomass contributes 637.6 MW and biogas 134.3 MW. The Government of Malaysia is expected to implement several measures, including large-scale solar programme, feed-in tariff, safe consumption, and net energy metering programme to achieve it’s RE capacity targets.

This announcement is also in line with the government’s target of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target by 2050 pending the completion of the Long-Term Low Emissions Development Strategy by 2022.