Mini micro dams in Lio Mato, Kg Assum, Punan Trusan

Project "Green Energy Island" aims to provide electricity to rural community.

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KUCHING: The Renewable Energy Centre (CREN) of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) has identified three areas – Lio Mato, Kampung Assum and Punan Trusan to set up mini micro systems such as mini dams to generate green energy.

Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Dato Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi said Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water has given grants to CREN to implement renewable projects in Sarawak.

He said the grants were to finance research and development based on green technology.

“One of the projects awarded is the ‘Green Energy Island’ project which is to places in rural areas identified as having the potential to build sustainable mini micro system.

“From the 200 areas that we surveyed, 10 areas have been short-listed for feasibility studies.

“However, only three areas including Lio Mato, Kampung Assum and Punan Trusan were found to have the potential to set up a mini micro system,” said Mohamad Kadim during the opening ceremony of the two-day Renewable Energy Seminar held at a local hotel here today.

In his absence, his speech text was read out by his deputy vice-chancellor (academic and international) Prof Dr Wan Hashim Wan Ibrahim.

UNIMAS deputy vice chancelor Prof Dr Wan Hashim Wan Ibrahim

The seminar which is co-organised by Unimas, CREN and Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry will see the participation of 200 including representatives from disstrict offices, community leaders, lecturers, students and teachers.