‘Let there be light’ and it came to pass for 13 villages in Telang Usan

SEB chairman Datuk Amar Hamed Sepawi (third right) presenting a Sares placard to a village headman to symbolise the handover of the Sare project to the villages in Long Pilah witnessed by Abang Johari (centre).

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MIRI, Oct 31: More than 6,000 residents from 725 households in 13 villages in Telang Usan have been lighten up with electricity under the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares).

Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) in a press statement today said the 13 villages are Long Pilah, Long Luteng, Long Daloh Bestari, Long Miri, Long Tebangan, Long Liam Keliman, Long Sobeng, Long Selapun, Long Sebatang, Long Sengung, Long Pala, Long Buah, and Long Buken.

SEB said Sares has made a difference in the lives of over 8,000 households in more than 270 villages in the remote areas of Sarawak since it was introduced in 2016.

The utility provider said it has provided about 60,000 rural residents who live in Sarawak’s hinterland with renewable, decarbonised and reliable 24/7 energy by displacing noisy and expensive diesel generators through the innovative government-community initiative.

Since Sares was introduced in 2016, SEB said more than 20,000 residents from about 2,500 households in 51 remote villages in Telang Usan have been lighted up.

By the end of 2021, it pointed out that the Telang Usan constituency will be fully electrified when the renewable solar-powered systems are installed in another 21 villages in the area.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg officiated at an event held in Long Pilah, Telang Usan today and handed over the newly installed Sares systems for the residents.

Under Sares, SEB said each household is provided with 3,000Wh of renewable energy a day, which is sufficient to power up a typical rural household’s basic needs such as fans, television, lighting, small refrigerator and rice cooker.

The company outlined that it allows the communities to reduce the need to travel to town frequently to buy provisions and diesel to run their generator sets.— DayakDaily