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India eyes renewable energy partnership with Malaysia

Interested to be technology partners.

This is what can be said about India's renewable energy industry regarding its interest in Malaysia's feed-in-tariff system.

TNB Energy Services Sdn Bhd's head, Mohd Azhar Abdul Rahman, noted that India is keen to know more on micro grid and FiT.

The FiT system is Malaysia's new mechanism under the Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan and the Renewable Energy Act 2011 to catalyse generation of renewable energy, up to 30 MW in size.

This mechanism allows electricity produced from indigenous renewable resources to be sold to power utilities at a fixed premium price for a specific duration.

Mohd Azhar, who participated in the two-day Asean-India Workshop on Cooperation in RE, said that allowing foreign stake of up to 49% in FiT mechanism was among the attractions to the RE industry in India.

Malaysia, Mohd Azhar said, could also tap into India's technology in RE.

“They are aggressive in RE. Their industry is matured. They have good RE equipment and manufacturers that we can explore and adapt too,” he said.

Among others, Mohd Azhar said, India's solar panels and modules were impressive.“We can explore them further and suit them to our needs,” he said.

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