Solar power projects handed over to longhouses

Solar power projects handed over to longhouses

Five Sungai Pelagus longhouses, Rumah Majo,  Rumah Jak, Rumah Sekudan, Rumah George, and Rumah Anatu received ownership of their Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (SARES) solar systems.

KAPIT: Five Sungai Pelagus longhouses received ownership of their Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares) solar systems on Tuesday.

Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi handed over the projects to Rumah Majo, Ulu Iran; Rumah Jak, Nanga Stabau: Rumah Sekudan, Rantau Lelenga; Rumah George, Nanga Sebunut; and Rumah Anatu, Karangan Ara.

Nanta explained the projects come under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) as a strategic partnership of equal financing between the state government and the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development.

He added that it is used for remote clusters of villages and longhouses that cannot be connected to the power grid at present.

The Sares system provides 24-hour electricity supply, enabling the households to use electrical appliances such as fans and refrigerators.

“This is crucial to me. It is very important that the capability of the solar system will become a game changer to those people in terms of daily life and also how to help them to better their standard of living,” he said.

The RM8 million project has benefited 135 households involving 746 residents.

Among those present were Bukit Goram assemblyman Jefferson Jamit Unyat and Kapit Resident Joseph Belayong Punan.