Solar power plan for Temburong
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE government plans to harness the sun’s energy to power Temburong homes in three years, the minister of energy and industry at the Prime Minister’s Office said.
Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar said the government is collaborating with Royal Dutch Shell to study the feasibility of using solar energy to replace the current diesel-generated power station in Temburong.
“Solar investment is higher, but if you look at the life cycle of the cost, it is almost next to nothing. What we want to see is that with the model we are developing now, it will help make sure we lessen our contribution to carbon emissions,” the minister said in a telephone interview yesterday.
The minister told the United Nations in New York that Temburong district may see an operational 15 to 20 megawatt solar power plant by 2019.
He said the current power station emits about 33,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. YB Pehin Dato Yasmin was in the US to sign the Paris climate change agreement last Friday. “With growing consumption, this emission is also expected to increase if the fuel source is not replaced by a less carbon intensive one,” he said in his speech.
In a separate interview last week, the minister had said the project meant that about 20 megawatts will come from solar. “We need 70 megawatts to be the 10 per cent of our renewable energy and this 20 megawatts from solar energy is something that will contribute (towards it),” he added.
According to the Energy White Paper that was released in 2014, solar power accounts for 0.05 per cent of Brunei’s 2013 total domestic energy consumption.
Brunei currently produces about 1,700 megawatt-hour of solar energy per year.
The minister said further details of the study will be revealed in the near future.
The Brunei Times