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Is Malaysia Ready for Sustainable Energy? Exploring the Attitudes toward Solar Energy and Energy Behaviors in Malaysia

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School of Social and Health Sciences, James Cook University, Singapore 387380, Singapore
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School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, Putrajaya 62200, Malaysia
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World 2020, 1(2), 90-103; https://doi.org/10.3390/world1020008
Received: 30 June 2020 / Revised: 24 July 2020 / Accepted: 27 July 2020 / Published: 1 August 2020
To meet the larger demand for electricity supply, Malaysia needs to achieve two main psychosocial conditions, among others—having the awareness of renewable energy and demonstrating energy-conserving behavior. To examine whether Malaysia has met these two conditions, we recruited 225 participants (n = 109 women, n = 113 men, n = 3 did not indicate) to complete a series of questionnaires. The results showed that the public was aware of the option of solar energy but was not ready to install solar photovoltaic panels after being told the cost incurred. Furthermore, the public did not show satisfying energy-conserving behaviors. To boost the installation of solar power, increasing the public’s energy knowledge and implementing policies to reduce the installation cost might be helpful. These findings highlighted Malaysia’s low readiness for solar power and shed some light on what needs to be done to be better prepared for solar power. View Full-Text
Keywords: attitude toward renewable energy; energy-conserving behaviors; renewable energy; solar photovoltaic panel; solar power attitude toward renewable energy; energy-conserving behaviors; renewable energy; solar photovoltaic panel; solar power
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Teoh, A.N.; Go, Y.I.; Yap, T.C. Is Malaysia Ready for Sustainable Energy? Exploring the Attitudes toward Solar Energy and Energy Behaviors in Malaysia. World 2020, 1, 90-103. https://doi.org/10.3390/world1020008

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Teoh AN, Go YI, Yap TC. Is Malaysia Ready for Sustainable Energy? Exploring the Attitudes toward Solar Energy and Energy Behaviors in Malaysia. World. 2020; 1(2):90-103. https://doi.org/10.3390/world1020008

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Teoh, Ai N., Yun I. Go, and Tze C. Yap 2020. "Is Malaysia Ready for Sustainable Energy? Exploring the Attitudes toward Solar Energy and Energy Behaviors in Malaysia" World 1, no. 2: 90-103. https://doi.org/10.3390/world1020008

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