Pulau Perhentian Kecil now powered by the sun and wind

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  • Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007

BESUT: A new energy system which features a wind turbine and hybrid solar generator and battery made its debut at the tourist paradise island Perhentian Kecil recently. 

With this first-of-its-kind energy system in Asia, tourists can look forward to more environment-friendly excursions compared to previously when diesel-powered generators supplied power to this tiny island off the coast of Terengganu. 

Innovative: Idris (second from right) looking at a plan of the energygeneratingsystem that provides electricity for the whole of PulauPerhentian Kecil in Terengganu recently.

Perhentian Kecil is a paradise for foreign and local tourists who make a beeline to indulge in scuba diving, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing, swimming, wind surfing, sailing and canoeing. 

The project costing RM12.6mil was jointly funded by the Federal and state governments while Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) through his subsidiary Tenaga Nasional Energy Services (TNES) Sdn Bhd was commissioned to complete the task. 

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh launched the system at a traditional fishing village on the island. 

Also present were State Infrastructure Development, Utilities and Communication Committee chairman Datuk Wan Hisham Wan Salleh, TNB chief executive officer Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamed Noh and TNB board member Tan Sri Lau Yin Pin. 

Idris, in his speech, said the system was vital for Perhentian Kecil because the island had long depended on conservative sources of energy. 

The system has solar power capacity of 100kiloWatt (kW), two wind turbines that generate up to 100kW of power each and built-in generators that can support 200kW of power, 

Apart from this, a back-up battery connection can store up to 480kW of electricity. 

The wind turbines function during monsoon seasons or even without wind and distribute a steady supply of electricity to resorts and homes.