Social acceptance of solar energy in Malaysia: users' perspective

Solangi, K.; Saidur, R.; Luhur, M.; Aman, M.; Badarudin, A.; Kazi, S.; Lwin, T.; Rahim, N.; Islam, M.
October 2015
Clean Technologies & Environmental Policy;Oct2015, Vol. 17 Issue 7, p1975
Academic Journal
The increase in energy demand has caused considerable attention to be directed toward sustainable energy resources. The importance of electricity generation through solar energy has been intensively highlighted globally, but Malaysia has yet to exert efforts to develop this energy resource. This study explores the social acceptance and level of human interest in solar energy. In addition, this work identifies the difficulties in the consumption of solar energy and the expectations for solar energy development in Malaysia. Survey results show that 80 % of the respondents are highly interested in solar energy. However, the majority of the respondents have reported that some hindrances, such as expensive solar panels and lack of correct information about solar energy utilization, make fuel-generated electricity a preferable choice. Meanwhile, almost 80 % of the respondents believe that government incentives could best enhance solar energy usage nationwide. To implement new solar energy policies successfully in Malaysia, the government should support the establishment of solar power plants, as well as provide complete information and funding for independent research. Furthermore, more than 70 % of respondents perceive the government to be the main organization that should lead the development of this energy sector. Therefore, this research provides some useful references for policy makers to continue promoting the use of solar energy in Malaysia.


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