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Industrial (NEM Nova)

Concept for Net Offset Virtual Aggregation (NOVA) Programme
The concept of Net Offset Virtual Aggregation (NOVA) Programme is that the energy produced from the solar PV installation on a NOVA consumer Premise shall be consumed and designed primarily for self-consumption. Any excess Energy which is not consumed at the Premise where the PV Installation is located due to operational constraints or monthly or seasonal variation in load demands at the said Premises may be exported through the Supply System under one of the following categories:

Category A

– Any excess Energy produced in a month which is not consumed by the NOVA Consumer may be exported via the Supply System to the Distribution Licensee.

– The value of the exported energy shall be credited to the account of the NOVA Consumer to be used to offset the bill payment for the next Billing Period.
Category B

– Any excess Energy produced in a month which is not consumed by the NOVA Consumer may be exported via the Supply System to up to three (3) Designated Premises.

– The value of the exported Energy shall be credited to the account of such Designated Premise to be used to offset the bill payment for the next Billing Period.

– The unit price (RM/kWh) of the Energy exported in the Billing Period to the Supply System shall be based on the Average SMP.

– a Designated Premise of the NOVA Consumer includes Premise used or operated by its wholly owned subsidiary company

Notes :

The period of operation of NOVA programme is 10 years from Commencement Date of the Solar PV Installation.
System Marginal Price (SMP) is as defined in the Guidelines For Single Buyer Market (Peninsular Malaysia).
Average SMP is a monthly average SMP for the daily period between 7:00 hour to 19:00 hour in the preceding calendar month.

Designated premise: premises other than the Premise where the solar PV installation is installed and is designated as such by the Applicant in their application to participate in the NOVA Programme.

Quota Category Eligibility Criteria Tariff Category Capacity limits
800MW A • Registered consumers of TNB in Peninsular Malaysia
• Non- Domestic Consumers of TNB
Commercial, Industrial, Mining and Agriculture NOVA Consumer under Category A shall not install more than 1,000kW for net offset and subject to the following conditions:
1. The maximum capacity of the inverter output of the solar PV Installation shall not be more than 75% of Maximum Demand of the NOVA Consumer under the NOVA Contract.
2. The Maximum Demand of the NOVA Consumer is based on:
• the average of the recorded Maximum Demand of the past twelve (12) months; or
• the declared Maximum Demand for NOVA Consumers with less than twelve (12) months record


3. For low voltage Consumers, the maximum capacity limit is 60% of fuse rating (for direct meter) or 60% of current transformer (CT) rating.
  B • Registered consumers of TNB in Peninsular Malaysia
• Non- Domestic Consumers of TNB
• For the purpose of Category B, a Designated Premise of the NOVA Consumer includes Premise used or operated by its wholly owned subsidiary company
Commercial, Industrial, Mining and Agriculture NOVA Consumer under Category B shall not install more than 5,000kW for net offset and virtual aggregation and subject to the following conditions:
1. The maximum capacity of the inverter output of the solar PV installation shall not be more than 100% of Maximum Demand of the NOVA Consumer under the NOVA Contract.
2. The Maximum Demand of the NOVA Consumer is based on:
• the average of the recorded Maximum Demand of the past twelve (12) months; or
• the declared Maximum Demand for NOVA Consumers with less than twelve (12) months record


3. For low voltage Consumers, the maximum capacity limit is 60% of fuse rating(for direct meter) or 60% of current transformer (CT) rating
Benefits of NOVA Programme

The energy generated by NOVA consumers will be consumed first which implies that less energy will be imported from the utility.
Under this programme, any excess energy generated will be exported to the utility grid and will be credited based on the Average SMP. The priority is for self-consumption, however some premise which are not operating during the weekends or public holiday may have excess energy exported to the grid. The credit amount in the month can be used to offset bill payment for the next Billing Period.
NOVA allows any excess Energy produced in a month which is not consumed by the NOVA Consumer to be exported up to three (3) Designated Premise via the Supply System. It will enhance the cost efficiency and maximizing the use of Energy produced by the solar PV Installation.
Licensing Requirement
Any person who uses, works or operates the installation shall require a license as stipulated under the ST Guidelines On Licensing Under Section 9 Of The Act.  Licensing requirements are only applicable for solar PV system installation above 24kW for single phase and above 72kW for three phase.

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