5 Facts You Need to Know About Solar
1. 500,000 km2 of solar panels can power the whole Earth with solar energy.
You may say, 500,000 is a lot! Sure, I must agree! But how big is 500,000 km2 of land and is this actually achievable? Let’s put it this way. China has 1.2 million km2 of farmland, or 2.5 times the total required area of solar farm to power the world with solar energy in 2030. The Saharan Desert is 9,064,958 km2, or 18 times the total required area of solar farm to power the world with solar energy in 2030. On the other hand, United Nations reported that 170,000 km2 of forest is destroyed each year. If we were to construct solar farms at the same rate, we would have completed this project in 3 years.
2. Solar panels can be fitted on all roofs.
Yes! You heard it right! What’s more? You can install solar panels even if you don’t have a roof! Apart from the usual installation on composite and tile, solar panels can also be fitted on other surfaces including metal, tar and gravel.
3. Solar power is environmentally friendly.
Solar power can be used to power many electric appliances in your home. You can use solar power to run air conditioners, hot water heaters, and everything currently fuelled by natural gas, electricity, or oil. Instead of burning fossil fuels that lead to various pollutions and global warming, why not make the switch to utilize clean and renewable resources like solar?
4. Solar power gives you a return on investment.
Going solar is an investment. You can finally transform your roof and it will make you money. In 2021, the Malaysian government and SEDA have introduced the Net Energy Metering (NEM) 3.0 scheme. This program allows excessive solar-generated energy to be sold back to TNB on a “one-to-one” offset basis that follows the TNB tiered tariff rates. In other words, customers can earn an average 6-10% annual return upon installation of solar panels for your home.
5. Largest solar farm in Malaysia
Malaysia’s largest solar farm is located on 98 hectares of land in Mukim Tanjung 12, Sepang. The 230,000 solar panels in this solar farm increase TNB renewable energy capacity of the national grid to 73.2 megawatts.