THREE Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) buildings will be installed with solar panels in a move to reduce carbon footprint.
MBSP mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the installation of solar panels was part of the Supply Agreement for Renewable Energy (SARE) project with Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) and GSPARX Sdn Bhd.
“The solar panels will be installed at the MBSP office building, MBSP sports complex in Jalan Betek and the MBSP sports complex at Bertam, Kepala Batas.
“The installation works are expected to begin in December this year and they will take around three months to complete the installation,” Rozali said in his speech before opening the solar power system generator at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Kebun Sireh in Bukit Mertajam today.
Also present were SK Kebun Sireh headmaster Safuan Shuib, Jinko Solar Technology Sdn Bhd deputy general manager Lee Swee Lim and Pekat Solar Sdn Bhd sales manager Sam Lee.
According to Rozali, 240 solar panels (340watts/panel) would be installed at the roof of
MBSP office building in Jalan Betek.
“While another 160 solar panels will be installed at the grandstand roof of MBSP sports complex in Jalan Betek.
“As for the MBSP sports complex in Bertam, the roof will be installed with 260 solar panels.
“The entire installation costs will be fully funded by TNB and GSPARX,” he added.
Speaking about the programme today, Rozali said the installation of the solar system in SK Kebun Sireh was because the primary school had won the Green School Award last year (2018).
“They managed to secure first placing for the primary school category since 2015, hence, the solar system is a gift for their efforts in preserving and conserving the environment.
“The installation of solar panels is fully sponsored by Jinko Solar Technology Sdn Bhd and Pekat Solar Sdn Bhd.
“The contribution of 4kWp Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System to the school was under the Net Energy Metering (NEM) scheme.
“Solar power has now proven to be very useful, not only for the environment but also in terms of cost as well.
“A 4kWp Photovoltaic System can generate up to 4,800kWh of energy and save up to RM2,443 annually,” Rozali said.
Story by Riadz Akmal
Pix by Noor Siti Nabilah Noorazis