PULAU PEMANGGIL (Johor): Malaysia has received enquiries from countries as far as the Maldives on the solar hybrid system (SHS), indicating its success as an alternative source of electricity.
Deputy Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said other countries that have also asked about the system included Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos.
“We are willing to share our expertise if they are keen to implement this system in their countries,” he told reporters here, some 45km off Mersing.
Shaziman was on a site visit on Saturday to several solar hybrid projects located on Pulau Pemanggil, Pulau Sibu, Pulau Aur and Pulau Besar.
He had made the visit with a team from Tenaga Nasional Berhad and its subsidiary TNB Energy Services Sdn Bhd, the turnkey contractor for the SHS.
On the local front, Shaziman said the system would be expanded to some 16 villages, the majority orang asli villages, in Johor, Kelantan, Perak and Pahang.
He said this expansion would be financed by the Malaysia Electricity Supply Industries Trust Account (Mesita) (for peninsular Malaysia), which amounts to some RM20mil.
“We will also install this system to provide electricity in four areas in Sabah once we have obtained the allocation, which comes up to some RM7mil,” he said.
He added that these systems would be built simultaneously in all five states and were expected to be completed by early next year.
Shaziman also said the SHS could be remotely controlled from the TNB headquarters or state offices.
“This reduces the need for manpower to be based in remote areas.”
He said it was cheaper to install the SHS in remote areas such as orang asli villages and islands than to link these areas to the grid system.
Meanwhile, TNB Energy Services manager Mohd Azhar Abdul Rahman said the SHS, which consisted of solar panels, a diesel generator and batteries used to store energy, was more advantageous than the solar stand-alone panels.
Unlike the four-hour supply solar panels, the SHS could provide a continuous flow of electricity.