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Development of Solar Energy in Sabah Malaysia: The Case of Trudgill’s Perception

Jamalludin Sulaiman


Azlinda Azman


Behnaz Saboori

Jamalludin Sulaiman 1 Azlinda Azman 1 Behnaz Saboori 3

  1. School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia 1

  2. Centre for Real Estate Studies, Department of Real Estate, Faculty of Geoinformation and Real Estate, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia 3


Solar energy in Malaysia was first introduced as one of the five fuels in electricity generation through the Fifth Fuel Policy in 2001. However, the current real harnessing of available solar sources is still below its actual potential. This study examined the non-technical barriers towards solar energy implementation in Sabah located on the Borneo Island on eastern part of Malaysia. Following the theoretical framework, the proposed non-technical barriers are agreement, knowledge, technological, economic, social and political. The results of the study showed that awareness and economics are among the two significant barriers in solar energy implementation in Sabah. This necessitates more appropriate energy and financial policies to help public acceptance of solar energy sources for electricity generation in the region. 
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