The recently launched NEM scheme has received a modest uptake. The bulk of its capacity still remains unutilised by the public. TNB invited MPIA to discuss how best to encourage a steady uptake of the programme. Both parties are keen to avoid the mad 'stampede' of applications that befell the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Feed-in Tariff (FiT) programme earlier.
TUV Rheinland recently paid a visit to MPIA to explore the possibilities of conducting skills-based and competency training to its members. Among the various aspects discussed were relevant procedures and technologies in a maturing solar PV market in Malaysia.
Chubb Insurance and MPIA are finalising details to enable MPIA to offer Chubb's services to the members specifically for current and upcoming solar installations located in Malaysia. At a recent briefing in Chubb's head office in Kuala Lumpur, MPIA members were briefed on the various stages and aspects of insuring a solar PV installation. The highlight included case studies of actual events and the insurance solutions provided.
MPIA along with the Selangor State Government began exploratory discussions on how solar PV fits into Selangor Green Technology Action Plan. While the obvious aspects of involvement were covered (solar PV systems on residential and commercial roofs), there was also talk on how Selangor could become a centre of excellence for the solar PV industry. While the initial meeting outcome was encouraging, those present agree that they are only scratching the surface of the possibilities and benefits that can be derived from such plans.
The first ever international conference co-organised by MPIA and APVIA to further promote the solar industry featuring many renowned speakers from Australia, Germany, China, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Attracting more than 200 participants from Malaysia and abroad, the 2 days' event was a success and received praises from the Malaysian Government.
Sponsored by GIZ and organised by MPIA, the visit helped link government agencies from both countries to explore potential areas of cooperation in the solar industry. Within 3 days' time, the delegates had visited Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water (KeTTHA), Energy Commission Malaysia, Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA Malaysia) and the national utility company, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).
As one of the stakeholders, MPIA had attended the Malaysia Solar Roadmap 2030 Stakeholders Engagement Session held in Marriott Hotel, Putrajaya on 13th October 2015. Organised by MIGHT, the yearly event is used as a platform to update all stakeholders on the progress of the roadmap itself.
Matrade has extend an invitation to MPIA to participate in the Trade and Investment Mission to Manila,Philippines. This mission was lead by the Minister of International Trade and Industry,Malaysia and the aimed was to enhanced export oppotunities into the Philippines market as well as exploring business linkages,collaboration and partnership. Date : 24th May 2015 - 26th May 2015 Venue : Fairmont Hotel,Makati Philippines