Re­new­able en­ergy – Sabah sees the light

> Pro­duc­tion of green power can aid ef­forts to erad­i­cate poverty, spur ec­nomic growth: CM

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah sees re­new­able en­ergy (RE) pro­duc­tion as a sus­tain­able way to pro­vide en­ergy ac­cess to the peo­ple, while pro­mot­ing ef­forts at erad­i­cat­ing poverty, achiev­ing so­cial progress and eco­nomic growth.

Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Musa Aman said ini­tia­tives to pro­vide the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture for clean and re­li­able elec­tric­ity sup­ply can also ben­e­fit lo­cals in terms of job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The state govern­ment has been ex­plor­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of RE, es­pe­cially hy­dro and so­lar power in ru­ral ar­eas, since the late 70s.

“The con­struc­tion of the Pangi Hy­dro Dam and other hy­dro, so­lar-re­lated projects are ben­e­fit­ting com­mu­ni­ties who live deep in the ru­ral heart­land,” he said, when open­ing a sem­i­nar on RE ti­tled, “En­ergy Ac­cess for Poverty Erad­i­ca­tion”, here yes­ter­day.

The text of his speech was de­liv­ered by State As­sis­tant Min­is­ter in the Chief Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment, Datuk Ed­ward Yong Oui Fah.

Musa also said the state govern­ment had iden­ti­fied mul­ti­ple sites around Sabah suit­able for the de­vel­op­ment of small hy­dro­elec­tric plants un­der 30 megawatts.

He lauded the work done by non­govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions to bring mi­cro RE projects to com­mu­ni­ties who live far away from the main power grid lines.

“I wish to con­grat­u­late the Sabah Women En­trepreneurs and Pro­fes­sion­als As­so­ci­a­tion (SWEPA) for its suc­cess with the SWEPA Bare­foot So­lar Project 2.0 at Kam­pung Son­so­gon Ma­gandai in Kota Marudu (about 131 km from here),” he said, adding, it has ben­e­fited 100 house­holds. – Ber­nama

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