Smart initiative helps reduce electricity bill

PANGSAPURI Seri Utama, which is a Rumah Selangorku scheme, is the first affordable housing project in Selangor and believed to be the first in Malaysia to have solar panels.

Selangor Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Elizabeth Wong said the state had allocated RM300,000 for this pioneer project in Jalan Puchong Utama 6, Taman Puchong Utama in Puchong.

“The electricity generated will be used for common areas such as corridors, the hall and carpark.

“Hopefully this can lower the electricity fee of apartment dwellers as it can be a substantial amount. We often hear of power cuts because people were unable to pay for electricity usage in common areas, not individual units.

“Aside from Selangor’s free water scheme, we hope this project can help ease the burden of Selangor folks,” she said at a press conference after launching the project.

Wong said they would monitor the project and if successful, it would be implemented in other development projects.

She added that last month the state allocated RM750,000 in grants for green projects by non-governmental organisations and residents.

“Often we hear of residents saying that some of the projects were not suited to their needs, hence by having them proposing their own projects, they have more ownership.

“Each association can apply for up to RM10,000. The response has been overwhelming, so far 30% of the proposed projects have been carried out,” she said.

Aside from the solar panels, the state initiated the rainwater harvesting and utilisation system (SPAH) since 2012, Wong said.

Hillcrest Gardens Sdn Bhd executive director Frank S. K. Goon said the housing project was expected to be completed by the end of this year.

There are 1,162 units and 50% have been sold.

“The project is structured in such a way to accommodate the solar panels, we have also readjusted the wiring,” he said.