More companies using solar power for Sabah electricity: Minister

More companies using solar power for Sabah electricity: Minister

KOTA KINABALU - The number of companies using solar power to generate electricity for the state grid is growing.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said five companies were contributing.

"And three more are expected to start next month," he said.

He said four of them were licensed to channel 1MW each daily - Cahaya Metro in Bongawan, Marudu Engineering in Kota Marudu, Green Leadership in Keningau and SMR in Tawau.

The fifth, Tiong Chiong in Tuaran district, was providing 690KW.

Depending on the power consumption, 1MW could power about 1,000 homes for a day.

"This shows that Sabah entrepreneurs have the capability, expertise and technical access for this form of sustainable power generation," he said.

He said the results also showed that green power generation could be carried out in the interiors.

The potential was not only in using solar power, but also biomass, such as oil palm waste, he said after visiting the Green Leadership solar-power generation facility in Keningau.

Company managing director John Adam Nip said it had invested about RM9.5 million (S$3.57 million) in its solar-powered electricity generation equipment.

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