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Huawei Malaysia Launches “My Suria Home” Contest To Encourage Malaysians To ‘Go Solar’

Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Huawei Malaysia) kicked off its MY Suria Home” Instagram contest to encourage Malaysians to ‘Go Solar’. The contest runs for a period of 10 weeks from January 01 to March 12, 2023.

This contest is open to all FusionSolar Smart Energy Controller homeowners who stand to walk away with prizes worth up to RM250,000. The terms of the contest are simple, with contestants only required to creatively showcaseand relate their experience of using Huawei’s Smart PV Controllers which are safety-compliant, cost-effective, and energy-efficient for their solar-powered homes via their Instagram posts. 

Six weekly winners will be chosen throughout the 10-week duration of the contest for an opportunity to win six units of Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone, the Huawei Mate50. The weekly winners will then be in the running for the top three awards for the most creative entries and stand a chance to win the Huawei Mate50 Pro and Huawei Watch GT3 Pro.The FusionSolar management system provides new generation string inverters with smart management technology that creates a fully digitalised smart PV solution.

The FusionSolar Smart PV Controller has a built-in Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered DC arcing protection with the detection range of up to 200 metres (150 per cent better than the global standard requirement) to improve the reliability and capability of the solar PV product. All these are part of Huawei’s efforts in the drive towards achieving the carbon neutrality goals of the nation.

Huawei is a global leading provider of fully digitalised smart PV solutions, harnessing more than 30 years of expertise in information and communications technology, and serving more than a third of the world’s population. The company leverages its advantages in the field and integrates its established digital technologies with PV, energy storage, Cloud, and AI technologies.

Registrations for the MY Suria Home contest are now open. To enter, all entries must include the hashtag #MySuriaHome. Visit myhuaweisolar.com or Huawei Malaysia’s official Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/HuaweiMalaysia to learn more about the contest and submit your entry today.

Huawei Malaysia, Progressture Solar And Jj-Lapp Enter A Tripartite Partnership To Advance Green Digital Transitions In Malaysia

Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Huawei Malaysia) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Progressture Power Sdn Bhd (Progressture Solar) and JJ-LAPP (M) Sdn Bhd (JJ-LAPP) for the latter’s solar energy venture, in its quest to develop projects in renewable energy, green ICT infrastructure, energy savings and emission reductions to jointly accelerate the green digital transition in Malaysia. 

The MoU will position Huawei and JJ-Lapp as the preferred partners for potential customers seeking a trustworthy, reliable, secure, and assured cleantech solutions, as well as setting Progressture Solar as a key service provider with a shared philosophy of helping both local and multinational companies transition to net-zero carbon emissions.

In the drive towards sustainable development goals in the country, the MoU will see the three parties utilise and share their combined capabilities within the renewable energy sector to deploy reliable green infrastructures and technology, reiterating their commitment and support to accelerate Malaysia’s progress towards carbon neutrality by 2050. The MoU is also aimed to provide a stronger ecosystem of new possibilities for renewable energy industry players. 

Additionally, the strategic partnership between the three companies is set to become the go-to solution for digital energy transitions, specifically for commercial and industrial (C&I) clients. 

lean energy assets, including solar PV systems for businesses, EV charging network solutions, battery energy storage systems (BESS) and green data centre facilities. 

JJ-LAPP will be the product partner for Progressture Solar, providing the delivery of green products and solutions to meet the needs of C&I clients.

Huawei Malaysia will bring its expertise as a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider to manufacture and equip the technical infrastructure for the tripartite venture. 

The MoU was signed by the co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Progressture Power Sdn Bhd, Mr Ng Yew Weng, General Manager of JJ-LAPP (M) Sdn Bhd, Mr Chang Chee Keong, and Vice President of Digital Power Business Group of Huawei Malaysia, Mr Chong Chern Peng. 

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Progressture Solar, Mr Ng said, “We believe in meaningful partnerships that can harness the power of technology in addressing environmental challenges. Huawei and JJ-Lapp are supporting us in providing these technological solutions for businesses to adopt green practices while reducing their carbon footprint. This strategic partnership also fortifies our shared commitment to leverage clean technologies to reduce emissions and aid in our nation’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.”

“With the urgency to combat climate change, businesses are and will be subjected to both local and global environmental standards, including Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions. The challenge for many is knowing where or how to start their sustainability journey and being able to meet their commitments. This partnership paves an extensive way for us to deliver more robust, comprehensive, and clean energy solutions, from Solar PV systems, Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS), electric vehicle (EV) charging, and green data centres. With these solutions, we aid businesses to seamlessly transition to clean energy, decarbonise, strengthen their ESG profile, and ultimately move towards a greener economy,” he added.

General Manager of JJ-LAPP, Mr Chang said that as a preferred and value-added partner of this collaboration, the company is committed to providing reliable and sustainable solutions as well as services to achieve the goal and mission of carbon neutrality.

“It has become the joint mission of JJ-LAPP, Huawei and Progressture Solar to ensure our collaboration delivers our solutions, technologies, products and services to the commercial, industrial and residential segments towards realizing the goal of carbon neutrality,” said Mr Chang.

Vice President of Digital Power Business Group of Huawei Malaysia, Mr Chong said the strategic partnership through the MoU demonstrates Huawei Malaysia’s commitment to supporting its customers in finding clean energy technology solutions to spur environmental-friendly initiatives.

“We believe we can deliver comprehensive solutions that meet the expectations of our customers with a shared vision and commitment to bring forth power solutions that collectively deliver a greener, more sustainable operational environment as part of energy transitions. In the long run, with a robust portfolio of solar projects, we will be able to establish a recurring income stream,” added Mr Chong. 

Commenting further, the Vice President of Digital Power Business Group of Huawei Malaysia said, “At Huawei, we are committed to support the development of the local ecosystem through open cooperation with partners to promote green transformation, achieve carbon neutrality, and build a better, greener future for Malaysia.”

Huawei has been actively involved in achieving carbon neutrality through building and promoting green integrated ICT solutions to help industries and nations establish an environmentally friendly ecosystem. Huawei will continue to assist in ensuring that technology and nature coexist in harmony for a fully connected, intelligent world.

Taiwan, European Union to Boost Digital Transformation, Net-Zero Emissions

The National Development Council (NDC) Deputy Minister, Kao Shien-quey, discussed the idea of tightening cooperation with the Europe Union (EU) when attending the presentation meeting of the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT) 2023 Position Papers.

According to Kao, the government is actively promoting the “Six Core Strategic Industries” as part of the 5+2 Industrial Innovation Plan. It has designated several vital industries to take precedence in the programme, including semiconductors, finance, manufacturing, and service, among others.

The Executive Yuan has proposed an amendment to Article 10-2 of the Industrial Innovation Statute requiring the semiconductor industry to consolidate its competitive advantage. Moreover, the Taiwan government will use cutting-edge technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G to drive digital transformation in finance, traditional manufacturing, service, and other industries.

Each ministry actively promotes issues such as talent recruitment, bilingual policy, and other ECCT-related concerns. For example, the NDC has established the Employment “Gold Card Office” to increase the quality of professional talent recruitment. The certificate provides integrated services from work to life to international talent. Currently, nearly 6,200 Employment Gold Cards are valid.

Furthermore, Taiwan is focusing on intensifying its work on energy transformation. Kao stated that, in the face of the new post-pandemic global situation, the government is actively promoting the dual shifts of “net-zero” and “digital,” as well as building resilient global supply chains with the EU and other allies.

The government’s most crucial task in net zero is energy transformation. Accordingly, Taiwan officially announced “Taiwan’s Pathway to Net-Zero Emissions in 2050” in March this year. The initiative sets stage milestones and will present the concrete execution plan of the 12 Key Strategies, which cover issues of concern to ECCT. Some critical problems are wind power, photovoltaic power, and other renewable energy, as well as energy storage, power systems, and vehicle electrification, by the end of the year.

Kao stated that the government has allocated a net-zero related budget of NT$ 68.2 billion (US$ 2.2 billion) for next year and the 10-year “Construction Plan for Strengthening Grid Resilience.” She thanked European firms for their involvement in renewable energy in Taiwan. She urged them to continue participating in Taiwan’s energy-related construction to capitalise on Taiwan’s green transformation business opportunities.

Regarding supply chain resilience, Kao echoed the ECCT’s Position Papers, stating that many countries are restructuring supply chains. The restructuring happens in response to the current situation’s challenges, and Taiwan has advantages in semiconductors and International Trade Commission (ITC). Moreover, she shared the ideas of democracy and the rule of law with the EU, making Taiwan and the EU each other’s most trustworthy partners in supply chain restructuring.

Taiwan and Europe have enormous potential for future collaboration in new strategic industries. The best example is ASML’s announcement that it will make its most significant investment in Taiwan next year to collaborate on building a more secure and resilient global supply chain.

Kao also thanked the ECCT for its long-term efforts to promote bilateral relations. She said that Taiwan values the European Parliament’s support during this period of increased geopolitical risk. Kao thanked ECCT for its long-term involvement in Taiwan and expressed hope that ECCT can continue to support Taiwan and seize opportunities for transformation together in the new post-pandemic world.

Previously, President Tsai announced the plan to strengthen ties with Europe in her New Year’s Day speech this year. The administration has proposed a US$ 1.2 billion Eastern Europe Investment and Finance Fund. The budget indicates that Taiwan-Europe trade and economic relations are approaching a new high point.

Jharkhand: Emerging Leader In Solar Energy

If India has to become the world’s fastest-growing economy, its top priority should be to adopt sustainable development measures. Both the Centre and the
states need to work out a plan to reduce their dependence on the conventionalsource of energy and switch over to renewable ones such as wind and solar.

The state government of Jharkhand under the leadership of the Chief Minister Hemant Soren has taken the first step in that direction.

In a move that will push India’s claim to become a world leader and save the environment from the adverse effect of burning fossil fuel, the state has improved upon its earlier policy with the latest one, Jharkhand State Solar Policy, 2022.

The state enjoys a unique topography where it has about 300 days of clear sky and direct Sun rays leading to high solar insolation. The government has made an innovative approach to tap this natural gift to scale up the production of solar energy and reduce the dependence on conventional energy sources.

The policy envisages a systematic,transparent and streamlined plan of action involving the latest technology, expertise and strategic location.

Highlighting the vision of the government, the new Solar Policy of 2022 says that the State intends to become a leader in solar energy adoption and contribute toIndia’s clean energy ambitions by bringing energy transition closer to communities, businesses and industries, enabling ‘ease of doing business, promoting efficient technologies, creating enabling infrastructure, advancing innovation and locally relevant business models,and equipping its implementing agencies and technical institutions to become best in class.

The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) acted as a knowledge partner to the Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) in formulating the Jharkhand State Solar Policy 2022.

Bhawna Tyagi, Programme Associate, CEEW said, “We have supported the Government of Jharkhand in its endeavour to make the state a leader in solar energy and achieve its vision of bringing energy transition closer to communities, businesses and industries. Our focus has been on proposing an achievable solar target with a clear roadmap for the Jharkhand state.”

“The policy defines annual solar targets for different project categories. The policy includes various enabling features such as innovative business models, incentive mechanisms, tariff mechanisms, demand creation frameworks, and a robust governance structure to achieve the 4000 MW capacity by 2027,” she added.
Tapping solar energy and converting it into electricity can achieve multiple sustainable development goals. It can empower rural and tribal populations by improving their livelihoods as it is not only a clean form of energy but affordable too.

Since it doesn’t contribute to environmental pollution, sustainable cities and villages can come up with inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Solar energy can improve the work environment, increase employment opportunities and make life more decent and worth living.

Targeting 4000 MW of Solar Power in the next five years.

The government has defined several gradual measures to realise its vision. It has been  decided that the share of solar electricity purchases of the distribution companies should be increased to 12.5 percent by 2023-24. (Please see the point number one of the Objectives in the said policy) It will continue to increase subsequently in line with the policy vision.

With this new policy, the state government plans to build an infrastructure that can produce 4000 MW of electricity from solar energy in the coming five years, ie, by 2027. It will deploy a roadmap for the installation of solar panels across various categories and applications such as park and nonpark solar installations, distributed grid-connected and rooftop solar systems, and off-grid systems.

The state government looks up to individuals and private entities to play a positive role to achieve the desired outcome. Private companies and consumers can collaborate with the government and invest in these projects. For instance, people in rural or urban areas can participate in community solar and off-grid projects to help create solar villages or cities in the state.

Scaling up storage capacity, promoting research and development activities, and providing trainings for skill development across all districts to create employment opportunities through solar project deployment are some of the steps among others that the state government plans to take to achieve its objectives.
 In the first step, the JREDA will identify government and private lands across the state where solar energy plants can be installed. The unused or government wasteland will be converted into the land bank for the said purpose. Provisions have been made for private landowners to sell or lease out their land for the said purpose.

Incentivising the policy for people

To make the solar policy more attractive, the state government has also incentivised it with exemptions and concessions for people who wish to collaborate with the government. “There shall be 100% exemption of stamp duty on lease deed of land or purchase of land and any further sublease(s) for the land required for the establishment of Solar Project within the state,” the Policy says.

Similarly, it has also offered to waive off land use conversion charges. Subsidy provisions have been made which is over and above the subsidy given by the Central government. Residential rooftop solar projects, off-grid solar projects, and grid-connected solar pumps installed under the PM KUSUM scheme are eligible for subsidy benefits.

At the initial stage, the government needs to attract consumers to come forward and adopt solar electricity. To promote people to get this clean energy, the state government has planned a Green Tariff rate. “Green tariff rate shall be either lower than or equivalent to the average pooled power purchase cost of non-conventional sources of energy of DISCOM to encourage early movers,” the Policy states.

Project categories and their processes

The policy has categorised the solar project into various segments based on the deployment of panels and production capacity. The first one is the utility-scale solar projects under which those projects will be included that have a capacity greater than or equal to 2 MW.

Solar parks with a cumulative target of 700 MW and Non-Park Solar which anybody can set up in the State with a cumulative target of 1000 MW are types of utility-scale solar projects. Besides these, floating solar projects for reservoirs and canal-top solar projects for water bodies have multiple benefits.

Highlighting the second category of the project, it says, “The policy aims to achieve 720 MW of cumulative distributed solar PV capacity in the state during the operative period. All solar projects, ground mount and rooftop solar, with capacities less than 2 MW would be considered as distributed solar projects.”

The third category of the solar project aims at promoting off-grid solar for the development of the rural economy and powering livelihoods. “The cumulative target for off-grid solar projects is 280 MW.

Jharkhand has already taken lead in the distribution of solar pumps which is a key component of the off-grid solar project. The state ranks 5th across the nation.
Under the instructions of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, a milestone step is being taken to provide alternative means of irrigation to ease the issues faced by the farmers of the state. A web portal will be inaugurated under the Kisan Solar Water Pumpset Scheme which will simplify the process of distribution and installation of solar pumps for farmers.

The portal will also aid in providing for the maintenance of the pumps for the next 5 years. These processes will be made transparent through efficient and regular data collection, analysis and online monitoring. Further, the farmers will be able to track the status of their online application for the solar pump sets. It should be noted that a 96 percent subsidy is being provided to the farmers for off-grid pump sets.

Besides the three broad categories, under the ‘Integrated Solar’ initiative, the Policy envisions to further reduce the carbon footprint of Electric Vehicles (EVs) by providing access to cheap and clean solar electricity for EV charging.

In case of any ambiguity, dispute, difference, or issue regarding interpretation/implementation of this Policy, a proposal has been made to create a State Level Empowered Committee to decide such matters.

Huawei Calls for Network Evolution at COP27 to Enable Green Development

A Huawei executive said Thursday information and communications technologies, or ICT, will enable the digitalization of industry, spark innovation and make other industries green.

The remarks were made at a session organized by the Global Innovation Hub (UGIH) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the ongoing 27th Conference of the Parties, or COP27, in Sharm El-Sheikh of Egypt.

Referring to what is known as the “enabling effect”, Philippe Wang, Huawei’s Executive Vice President for the Northern Africa region, said ICT is “making other industries greener”.

“5G, Artificial Intelligence, data analytics, cloud computing – all these things will improve industrial processes in a way that cuts energy use, and lowers carbon emissions,” he said.

According to Philippe Wang, in the same way that ICT enables a smart streetlight to turn itself off when no one is around, 5G wireless base stations can automatically shut down when there is no data traffic, which saves energy.

Base stations need a power source and have antennas. For its part, Huawei has been replacing diesel generators with solar panels, which offer a cleaner source of electric power, in Nigeria and Angola. At the same time, the company has launched a green 5G antenna that covers an area of up to 500 meters area using half the transmission power. That cuts energy consumption by 30 percent.

Also speaking at the session on Thursday, Luis Neves, CEO, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), stressed that digital should be at the core of the climate conversation.

“If you bring a sustainability mindset together with digital, I think we can create a powerful machine to drive the sustainability agenda and accelerate the path for a world where 10 billion people can live a healthy life. And businesses should take both their carbon footprint and handprint into consideration,” he said.

To this end, members of the ITU-T, including Huawei, have proposed a standard for measuring network energy use. Known as the Network Carbon Intensity energy metric, the standard was approved by ITU-T on October 19 as the Recommendation ITU-T L.1333.

According to Nompilo Morafo, MTN Group Chief Sustainability & Corporate Affairs Officer, “sustainable, measurable action” holds the key to meeting net zero goals. “In this journey, the use of digital technologies offers particular potential to increase the generation of green energy and power efficiency of all industries,” she added.

The UNFCCC UGIH session, titled ICT for Green, addressed the ways in which transformative ICT technology could be utilized to enable the green development of a wide range of industries, facilitating the world’s path to net-zero emissions.