Solar-powered electricity for villagers in Baram

Rundi (third from left) handing over solar power certification to villagers at a ceremony in Lio Mato settlement.

MIRI: Some 7,000 natives living in nine villages in the interior of Baram district have been given solar-powered generator sets that can provide them with free continuous electricity supply.

The project was facilitated by Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) under its Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares).

SEB is the state’s electricity provider.

Sarawak Public Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom presented the nine villages with the Sares solar systems.

At a ceremony in Lio Mato settlement, he presented the solar-powered generator sets to the community chiefs, witnessed by SEB top officials.

The beneficiaries are from 630 households in nine remote settlements — Lio Mato, Long Ajeng, Ba Muboi, Long Tungan, Long Selaan, Long Moh, Long Jeeh, Long Jikitan and Long Tikan.

Rundi said SEB would instal the solar sets for all the families for free.

“Sares is the method that can provide reliable electricity 24 hours a day.

“It can power lights, fans, TVs, small refrigerators and rice cookers, ” he said.

Rundi said that with Sares, the villagers no longer have to rely on generator sets.

“These generators are costly to run as they require a lot of diesel fuel which can be expensive in rural Sarawak, besides polluting the air too, ” he added.

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