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Showing the way: The solar power plant ‘Finow Tower I and II’ under construction on a former military airfield in Finowfurt, Germany, It will be Europe’s largest solar power plant measuring the size of 260 football fields, according to project developer Solarhybrid. – EPAGERMANY is the poster child for Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) success in promoting renewable energy (RE). The country's Renewable Energy Law which was passed in 2004 led to a massive growth in solar and wind energy, making the country a global leader in green technology. It currently has the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the world.

Malaysia's FiT is based on the German model but comes with a quota system for each RE technology. The quota is also to ensure there is enough money to pay for RE purchases by Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB)to avoid the pitfalls other European countries have experienced. TNB customers in Peninsular Malaysia will have to pay a levy of 1% out of their total electricity bills starting this month to facilitate the FiT.

Read more: Malaysia adopts German solar technology model

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WITH global warming and the recent change in global weather patterns, it is likely that rainfall patterns will continue to change, bringing shorter but heavier bursts of rain which causes flash floods and soil erosion.

In fact, rainfall recorded in some parts of Malaysia has shown a marked increase in the last five years. Commercial and household water consumption has been increasing steadily in the last century, and as the climate warms, other usages of water will increase.

Read more: Recycling rainwater

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A lightning flash lights up the night sky in Putrajaya during a thunderstorm.Despite the increase in lightning-related cases, awareness among Malaysians of the danger is very much lacking. In the last century, lightning has been recorded as one of the top three environmental-related causes of death in the world, reports LING POH LEAN

THE intensity of lightning is getting more severe due to global warming and climate change, according to the Meteorological Department.

Its deputy director-general Che Gayah Ismail said global warming causes the sea surface temperature to rise, producing more warm and moist air which was the main factor for thunderstorms.

Read more: Climate change worsens lightning threat

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