SEDA should make the awarding of Feed in Tariff (FiT) Quotas for Solar PV >425kW to 1MW to be as transparent as the awarding of FiT Quotas for Solar PV <425kW

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 10th of March, 2015

I congratulate the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) for successfully conducting their 2nd open ballot for the allocation of FiT quotas for Solar PVs <425kW for non-individuals yesterday, the 9th of March, 2015 at the Everly Hotel.[1] The balloting, which was conducted by Deputy Minister for Energy, Green Technology and Water, Dato’ Seri Mahdzir bin Khalid, and was audited by Deloitte Enterprise Risk Services Sdn Bhd with observors from the National Audit Department and the Malaysian Institute of Integrity. Many of the Solar PV companies which put in applications for the FiT quota were also present to witness the balloting process. A total of 20MW of FiT quotas were awarded, 16MW in Peninsular Malaysia and 4MW in Sabah.

However, SEDA did not announce the allocation of FiT quotas for Solar PVs >425kW to 1MW for non-individuals at yesterday’s open ballot. Last year, SEDA had told industry players that applications for the FiT quota >425kW to 1MW would be evaluated by SEDA using a merit point system.[2] In the same presentation last year, SEDA also said that if there were any ties in the number of points scored by the applicants, a similar open ballot would be conducted yesterday for the FiT quotas above 425kW (See Appendix 1 below). But sadly, no such ballot was conducted yesterday.

In an earlier statement, I had asked SEDA to keep to its promise to the industry players to publish the merit points of all 146 applicants for the FiT quotas >425kW to 1MW.[3] I reiterate this call so that SEDA’s hard won reputation for transparency via its open ballot practice will not be jeopardized. The need to be transparent is even more necessary in light of the press statement issued by my colleague, Jimmy Wong, MP for Kota Kinabalu where he stated that a whistle-blower had told him of pressure being exerted on Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) to provide a favourable power system study (PSS) score on a well-connected solar PV company.[4] To show that it has nothing to hide, SEDA must release all the merit point scores of all 146 applicants for the Fit quotas >425kW to 1MW when it announces the successful applicants.[5]