THE lives of the orang asli in Ayer Denak village in Batu Gajah is a little brighter, thanks to a group of Universiti Teknologi Petronas students.
Under its “Project Revitalise” initiative, 25 university students built a simple solar energy generator to generate energy for 15 households in the village.
Led by project director Chew Jay Shen, the corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative was part of the students’ requirement to complete their course.
“This initiative served as a platform for the students to use their engineering abilities and thinking skills to develop the rural community by providing a sustainable and affordable source of renewable energy in the form of solar structure.
“The solar structure will be able to power up small electrical appliances and portable lanterns, aiding them in their daily chores and allowing their children to study at night,” he said.
Chew said the villagers were also taught about the mechanism, how to use the solar generator and the cleaning process involved.
SK Air Denak pupils were also exposed to mechanism of the solar panel and how it generates electricity.“We showed the children some solar-powered toy cars and had some fun activities with them.
“We also presented rechargeable lanterns to the villagers.”