JOHOR BARU: Community-based organisations in Iskandar Malaysia can now sell solar power to TNB to generate revenue for themselves.
The project is open to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and house owners in the economic growth region.
Under the project, the participating NGOs will have a sustainable monthly income of RM1,500 while individual house owners could expect a revenue of RM580 a month over a period of 21 years.
This is the first such project in the country for community-based organisations, said Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) adviser Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad.
He said this after the signing of the Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreement between Shah Alam-based Gading Kencana Sdn Bhd and two mosques and eight surau in the Johor Baru parliamentary constituency on Sunday.
The company will install solar power panels at the mosques and surau.
Shahrir, who is Johor Baru MP, said the government would pay the RM100,000 cost for installing the 700sq ft of solar power panels which would be able to produce 12kw of electricity.
He hoped other places of worship like churches, temples and community-based organisations such as privately-owned senior citizen homes and co-operatives would come forward and participate in the project.
He said Irda planned to extend the project to urban poor in Iskandar Malaysia to help them have a sustainable income and cope with the high cost of living.
Shahrir said the estimated cost of installing 270 sq ft of solar panels with a four kilowatt capacity on a house roof was RM40,000, adding that the urban poor would not have to pay.
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