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Green Numbers and Cents What are the costs involved in Solar Photovoltaic(PV) Systems?

The Solar PV System in Malaysia costs around RM18 per Wp (Watt-peak) or kWp. Wp is the most commonly used measure for Solar PV Systems.

For example, if you have a roof area of 35 sqm lined with say, solar PV system using thin film technology, the system can yield around 3,000 Wp or 3kWp which equates to RM54,000 for the Solar PV System.

The proposed feed in tariff by the government for renewable solar energy rate is pegged at up to RM1.23 per kWh of electricity, which is very high but the overall allocated threshold is only 9MW capacity for 2011, rising in the subsequent year.

Solar PV Systems are more or less established in the market which can be easily benchmarked using a rate of RM18/Wp.

Apart from Solar PVs, what are the alternatives?

Insulation materials have a higher variability factor in terms of pricing and need to be estimated on project by project basis. The average cost range between RM1.60 to RM7.14 per sq ft depending on the local climate and the desired R-Value of the insulation.

Shading and water harvesting features range widely but in general passive planning at the very beginning can end up saving a lot of money. Designs, building positioning and landscaping have to be planned from the very beginning to make the green building inexpensive.

Proper time taken to choose and source green products for the interiors can bring the price down for green materials to not more than 10% variance from normal non-green products.

What are the fees involved en-route to a GBI certification?

GBI Registration Fees

Size of Project Total Gross Floor Area (m2) Registration Fees (RM)

Single Residence 2,000 and below 5,000

Small 2,001 – 4,000 8,000

Intermediate 4,001 – 10,000 10,000

Medium 10,001 – 30,000 20,000

Large 30,001 – 50,000 32,000

Extra Large 50,001 – 100,000 45,000

Mega Project 100,001 and above Amount to be determined

GBI Facilitators’ Fees

Value Bracket (RM Facilitator’s Scale of Fees (RM)

10,000,000 min 10,000 to max 40,000

10,000,001 – 50,000,000 min 40,000 to max 180,000

50,000,001 – 150,000,000 min 180,000 to max 430,000

150,000,001 – 300,000,000 min 430,000 to max 580,000

300,000,001 – 500,000,000 min 580,000 to max 730,000

500,000,001 above min 730,000, Negotiable

Peter Hoffmann is the Senior Partner of green training and consultancy company, Hijau Innovative Solutions.