(File pix) Works are in the pipeline to install solar hybrid generator sets to some 300 rural schools in Sarawak, which are currently dependent on diesel-driven generator sets for electricity. Pix by Muhammad Zuhairi Zuber

KUCHING: Works are in the pipeline to install solar hybrid generator sets to some 300 rural schools in the state, which are currently dependent on diesel-driven generator sets for electricity.

Such work will be carried out by Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd, a new contractor appointed by the Education Ministry for 369 schools located in the interior parts of the state beginning Jan 1.

The Bintulu-based Bumiputera company has also been tasked with repairing and replacing damaged generator sets at the schools.

The company’s managing director, Saidi Abang Samsuddin, said studies conducted showed that the use of the solar hybrid system will not only provide sustainable electricity supply but is also cost-effective.

“The solar hybrid generator set is very economic and the cost of operating and maintaining it is 70 per cent less compared to regular generator sets,” said Saidi, who is also the company’s chief executive officer.

Present was the company’s executive chairman Abang Nawawi Abang Drahman.

Saidi said an in-house consultant has been appointed to supervise the installation work, which will be conducted in phases beginning next month.

On reports claiming that the schools suffered from shortage of power due to lack of diesel supply, Nawawi said the incident could be avoided if the outgoing contractors adhered with the ministry’s instructions.

“Should the appointed out-going contractors sincerely abide with the ministry’s directive, the fuel made available to schools can easily last for 10 to 15 days after termination of their contracts on Dec 31, 2016,” said Nawawi.

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