ISKANDAR PUTERI (June 10): The state government is looking at using solar panels for government administration buildings here as part of its long-term initiative in promoting the use of renewable energy (RE) to the community.
State International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee Chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse said it was only natural for the Johor government to take the lead in implementing this project.
"Currently, we are talking to several solar companies. The state government will start first. We are trying to solar-ify a few (administration) buildings.
"Once we have solar-ified these buildings, then we get the local authorities (PBT) to get involved. The third stage will be the private sector.
"I want to inspire other people to do it. If the government can do it, I hope PBT can do it, (after that) why not the private sector too? " he told Bernama in an interview, recently.
Stressing the key to this initiative was not to gain money but more to get social awareness, Puah said there was a lot of potential for solar power in Johor.
“There are so many places where you can put solar panels like carpark, shopping complexes, bus stations and schools. (And) it is a waste for not tapping on this energy.
“The cost of solar panels have also dropped so low...now is the right time to do this and it is also profitable to do it,” he said.
Puah was also glad that this state’s initiative also gained support from the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minster Yeo Bee Yin.
He said the discussion (to install solar panels on the government administration office in Iskandar Puteri) which had been going for several months now, was currently looking at a "comfortable period" and a win-win situation between the state government and the selected company.
"It involved certain cost issues, which format we want to use and not only one company that we are talking to because we are doing open tender. So we have a few companies, in fact foreign companies are also interested to do it.
"The deal is that they are willing to forgo any cost but we have to sign with them for quite a long time,” Puah said.
The Bukit Batu Assemblyman also said the state government was looking at a comfortable period for the deal of not more than 15 years.
“I hope to be able to finalise the deals by end of this year so that we can start using the solar panels by next year,” he added.
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