Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Plan to install PV system in another 100 schools

Kota Kinabalu, 5 March -- The Association of Independent Power Producers in Malaysia (Penjana Bebas), in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia (KeTTHA), has announced plans for the installation of 5kWp photovoltaic (PV) systems in a further 100 schools nationwide.

Installation work for Phase Three of the Green Schools Campaign is scheduled to be completed in 2015, resulting in an increase in the total power capacity of all the participating schools from the current 190kWp to 690kWp.

The campaign is a joint public-private partnership to empower national schools in Malaysia with sustainable technologies involving the installation of PV systems at selected schools, to enable students to learn and gain exposure on renewable energy at the grassroots level.

Speaking about the campaign, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the Green Schools Campaign echoes the Government's green agenda and is intended to encourage communities to adopt sustainable living practices and reduce national carbon emissions levels.

"Given the current context of climate change and finite energy resources, this is no longer an option but a necessity."

"Through the campaign, we are educating students about the potential offered by green technologies and encouraging empowerment at the grassroots level. What they learn in school today will have a spiralling effect on the communities and a profound impact on the environment in the future," he added.

The launch of the pilot of the Green Schools Campaign in 2009 saw a total of five schools installed with 5kWp PV systems by early 2011.

Given its impact and effectiveness in educating students on renewable energy, Penjana Bebas and KeTTHA then selected an additional 30 schools to participate in Phase Two of the Green Schools Campaign in 2013, which was completed in December 2013.

As of Nov 2013, all the participating schools from the previous phases have collectively generated close to 263,000kWh of clean renewable energy, avoiding over 204,471kg of harmful CO2 emissions.

With the further addition of 100 schools, they would be able to produce a total of over 472,260kWh of clean renewable energy annually and avoid over 367,60kg of CO2 emissions each year.

Acting Honorary President of Penjana Bebas, Dr Ong Peng Su, said: "By incorporating green technologies into schools and providing an everyday learning tool, the Green Schools Campaign offers a unique educational platform for students to explore and understand the importance of environmental stewardship."

"The Green Schools Campaign not only generates learning opportunities for the school children, but also savings for the schools from the electricity produced by their systems," he added.

To instil greater awareness on green technology, the Ministry has approved additional funding through the Akaun Amanah Industri Bekalan Elektrik (AAIBE), a unit under KeTTHA, to roll out a holistic awareness programme in the participating schools in 2014.