The Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change, had on 9 March, announced several revisions to the CGPP as follows:
- An additional 200MW of quota which brings to total available quota to 800MW.
- The extension of the application deadline to the earlier of 31 December 2023 or until the quota has been fully taken up.
The Energy Commission, as the regulator of the CGPP, had issued a revised information guide (“Guide“) on 17 April 2023 which can be downloaded from their website (www.st.gov.my).
Revisions to the Corporate Green Power Programme (CGPP)
In addition to the announcement made by the Minister, the other notable changes to the Guide include:
- The application period will now commence from 9 May 2023.
- A Corporate Consumer is only allowed to have one CGPA with a Solar Power Producer but a Solar Power Producer is no longer bound to maximum number amount of Corporate Consumers provided that they are within their export capacity.
- A company within a Solar Power Producer consortium is now allowed to be a member of two other consortias provided that their equity interest is not more than 30% in each of the consortium. This will probably be the biggest positive change for solar developers but it is still unclear whether a solar developer is entitled to participate in three projects with a maximum equity interest of 30% in each of the three projects or if the solar developer will be able to have an equity interest of more than 30% in one project and up to 30% in the other two project.
- There is no longer a requirement that the maximum demand of the Corporate Consumer to not be less than 1MW and the maximum demand shall be as declared by it to the Electricity Utility Company.
The revisions to the CGPP will no doubt be looked favourably by industry participants, especially given that parties now have more time to properly study the feasibility of a project with other relevant stakeholders. However, there are still many aspects of the CGPP which are still unclear including the renewable energy credit framework which it is hoped will be address further in time. Our previous alerts issued on the CGPP can be found here, here and here.
Source: Information Guide for Corporate Green Power Programme (For Solar PV Plant) published by Energy Commission, 17 April 2023
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