IBC Solar Teknik Sdn Bhd and Carbon Capital Corporation Sdn Bhd hope to get the Sarawak government on board to complete phase two of their Solar Hybrid System (SHS) project at Kerapa Spak longhouse in Betong.
IBC Solar Teknik chief executive officer Ahmad Nazri Ibrahim said phase two of the project would encompass the installation of dedicated power points for the individual “pintu” to enable longhouse folk to draw power for their individual household needs.
With this comes clean and filtered drinking water with the installation of a membrane pump system powered by the SHS and an elevated water tank equipped with filtration system, he said.
“I’m hoping the State government would agree to come on board with us to complete the project. We are facing budget constraints because the materials and the logistics are very costly,” he said during a media briefing on the SHS project in Kuching yesterday.
Ahmad said the completion of the project’s second phase would give the longhouse folk an opportunity to dabble in cottage industries thus, making them more independent and developed.
He said should the state give the nod, phase two of the project could be completed in six months.
Phase one of the project concentrates on installing the SHS, a reputed German solar technology. The installation features the construction of a solar house, putting up of the solar modules, inverter, load and battery banks which take up about 40% of the cost. It is capable of lighting up the longhouse, its surrounding areas, the community area and the church.
The project also saw the installation of a VSAT telecommunication system which had provided basic telephony and internet system to the residents.
The 20kWp SHS cost RM4.5mil and was borne and executed by both companies through their joint venture company, IBC Solar Teknik Sarawak Sdn Bhd, as part of their corporate social responsibility.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is expected to officiate at the official handing over of the phase one project at the longhouse on July 13.
Ahmad said with the project, the longhouse had already bridged the digital divide as envisioned by Taib.
He said the project was the first SHS in Sarawak and the fastest power plant of such kind to be completed at a speed of less than six months.
“The SHS is also the first in Malaysia with remote monitoring system whereby our engineer can monitor the system’s health from offices in Kuching and Kuala Lumpur,” he said.
He said the longhouse folk would only need to pay a small token which would go towards maintaining the system.