BONGAWAN – A solar farm sufficient to cater electricity power to an average of 500 homes in the surrounding area of Kimanis and Bongawan was commissioned with the launching of the project by Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili, Minister of Energy, Water and Green Technology at Kampung Nyaris-Nyaris Bongawan, here today.
The first solar farm in the West Coast Sabah, the farm can produce up to one megawatts of electricity.
According to the Managing Director of Cahaya Metro Sdn Bhd, the holding company of the Bongawan solar farm; Bongawan was chosen because of the strategic location as the area is considered to have one of the highest solar insolation in Malaysia.
“The farm comes with the capacity of generating 1,483,295 kWh of clean electricity per annum and help reduce peak demand by 800 kW,” he said.
From the environmental aspects, Tay also disclosed that the solar farm will reduce the emission of 1,000 tonnes of CO2 into mother earth.
In January 2014, the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) was widened into Sabah and this Maximus stated is one of the approaches taken to attract private sector to be part of the renewable energy industry.
“In order to diversify energy sources and increase the security of the country energy storage, my ministry will continue to find new ways to increase the energy production from renewable energy sources in Sabah,” he said.
He disclose that currently the energy production in Sabah includes 83 per cent from gas, 7 per cent from hydro, 6 per cent of oil or medium fuel oil, 2 per cent from diesel and renewable energy from biomass or empty fruit bunches (EFB) respectively.
Maximus applauded Cahaya Metro Sdn Bhd for completing the project on time.
“The company is one of the earliest from eight companies that developed the solar system with the capacity under 425 kilowatt to 1 megawatt category when the FiT was extended to Sabah,” he said.
He also hoped that the establishment of the solar farm in Bongawan will help to reduce electricity supply interruption around the area. – SayangSabah