An assessment of the solar photovoltaic generation yield in Malaysia using satellite derived datasets

Ahmed, Tofael and Mekhilef, Saad and Shah, Rakibuzzaman and Mithulananthan, Nadarajah (2019) An assessment of the solar photovoltaic generation yield in Malaysia using satellite derived datasets. International Energy Journal, 19 (2). pp. 61-76. ISSN 1513-718X,

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Precise and reliable estimation of energy yield for solar photovoltaic (PV) system is imperative for the accurate design of PV system components and power system planning studies with high penetration of renewables. A number of studies have conducted related to PV yield assessments in Europe and some parts of Asia. However, PV yield assessment for various locations in Malaysia is yet to be conducted. This work assesses the average annual PV yield (kWh/kWp/y) in Malaysia for the installed capacity in 2015. Meteorological data from Photovoltaic Geographic Information System (PVGIS) is utilized for yield evaluation. The comparative yield estimation based on PVGIS and yearlong-recorded data for installed PV system at the University of Malaya is conducted first. A little error is observed between the field measurements and the yield studies based on PVGIS data. Then, the expected average yield for the individual region in Malaysia is estimated from PVGIS. Finally, based on the obtained results the individual region in Malaysia is ranked for PV availability. This study could provide very useful information to the power utilities, PV industries, and policymakers regarding the planning of large-scale PV plant, network operation, and future PV system development in Malaysia. © 2019 Regional Energy Resources Information Center (RERIC). All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University of Malaya, Malaysia, though FRGS Grant No. FRGS/1/2018/TK07/UM/01/3, Frontier Research Grant No. FG007-17AFR
Uncontrolled Keywords: azimuth angle; energy yield; PV generation estimation; solar photovoltaic (PV); tilt angle
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 27 May 2020 01:18
Last Modified: 27 May 2020 01:18

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