The project was aimed at providing renewable, safe and alternative energy for rural electrification for the rural people of Sarawak, while providing opportunities for economic productivity and improving living conditions in rural areas. Additionally, this project also reduces carbon emissions by utilizing technologies not based on fossil fuels.
Due to the nature of the rural landscape in Sarawak, which is either highlands or limited to accessibility by rivers, the solution had to be robust, economical and logistically viable to be transported and constructed at the selected sites. The natural solution was to implement a solar-based renewable energy platform. Helios PV designed and constructed a solar hybrid solution that utilized solar arrays and batteries to provide electricity to rural homes 24 hours and 7 days a week. Working with local villagers, the project not only adhered to a sustainable and integrated concept that addressed environmental issues but also worked to improve economic and social concerns.
Results achieved thus far
The successful implementation of this project now powers 300 households in 3 long houses within the Kapit and Song district. It has provided electricity to improve the lives of families ranging from fishermen to farmers. The households now benefit from economic, social, health and educational improvements.
Improve the Standard of Living in Sub-Urban Areas
This project has demonstrated that renewable energy can directly contribute to improving the standard of living in sub-urban areas by providing the energy needed for creating businesses and employment. By employing local resources for both the construction and maintenance of these installations, Helios PV has provided employment opportunities. Renewable energy also addresses social improvements through employments by elevating the living standards of the long houses. Fishermen and hunters can now refrigerate their catch and sell it at a later time without the fear of their catch going bad. This enhances their productivity and economic profit.
All the long houses now benefit from schools that are powered by renewable energy to provide education for primary students. Illiteracy levels have declined sharply within the long houses now that reading is not limited to day times only. Teachers now have employment opportunities in places never before thought of. The television has now made its way to these long houseses to provide information and education like never before. This is inline with the Goverment’s RMK 10 and RMK 11 plans to enhance the education level of rural citizens.
The provision of electricity has also improved the general health of the people living within these long houseses. Grocery can now be kept longer for consumption using refrigerators. Eyesight is no longer affected when working in the dark. Doctors can now make visits to these long houses and use medical equipment and stay longer than before to treat patients.