According to a statement in the state assembly, the current solar electricity capacity in Sabah is 84 megawatts (MW), with ongoing projects to further increase this capacity.
The existing capacity consists of 50 MW generated from the Kudat solar farm since 2018 and 34 MW from the Solar Photovoltaic (Solar PV) Project under the Feed-in Tariff scheme, involving various installations.
Additionally, large-scale solar installations totalling 62 MW are currently being implemented in different locations, expected to be completed by 2024. This includes installations in Beaufort (6 MW), Kunak (5 MW), Labuan (15 MW), Sandakan (20 MW), and Tawau (16 MW).
As a result, the total solar energy operating and planned for the Sabah grid will reach approximately 146 MW, which accounts for 11% of the total electricity generation capacity in Sabah.
The potential for solar energy generation in Sabah is significant, with an estimated capacity of 99,400 MW according to the Malaysia Renewable Energy Roadmap.
However, due to the intermittency of solar power and to ensure grid stability, the capacity of solar energy that can be connected to the grid is currently limited to 22% of the maximum requirement, equivalent to 220 MW.
The state government has set a target to add around 100 MW of solar energy capacity until 2027, with the possibility of increasing the capacity through the combination of solar energy technology and battery energy storage system in the future.