SJK (C) Beng Teik in Bukit Mertajam becomes the first school in Penang to instal solar panels introduced by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said this was in line with the state government’s initiative towards green technology.
He said this effort of equipping the premises with solar power could potentially produce more than the total electricity generated in the country.
He said the solar panels could help to reduce electricity tariffs, especially for commercial and industrial usage.
“This initiative leads towards sustainable development. I sincerely hope this collaboration can be expanded to other schools in the state,” he said after attending the signing ceremony between TNB and the school in Bukit Mertajam today.
Chow said the state welcomed this collaboration to promote solar energy.
“All these efforts are meant to encourage usage of the environmental-friendly product,” he added.
Also present was TNB chief retail officer Megat Jalaluddin Megat Hassan.
Megat, meanwhile, said the contract signed between the school and TNB was for 25 years.
He said the installation would take about six months and was expected to be completed by end of this year.
“We spent between RM400,000 and RM500,000 for this project,” he said, adding that it helped to reduce electric tariff by 15 to 20 percent.
Story by Edmund Lee
Pix by Ahmad Adil Muhamad
Video by Noor Siti Nabilah Noorazis