Power supply to Kg Benawa through Sares

Kampung Benawa in Marudi is currently having electricity through Sares

KUCHING: Villagers of Kampung Benawa in the Marudi constituency can heave a sigh of relief as works are ongoing to supply electricity to the village.

Local Government Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil said the village will have electricity from solar plant through the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares).

“It is implemented under Phase 5B of Sares and the system was chosen due to geographical factors where Kampung Benawa is situated far from the Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) main grid.

“The Sares project will supply each home with 3,000Wh per day electricity and the system is able to supply electricity for three days without sunlight.

“Each house will also be equipped with outlets for lamps and sockets,” he said in a Facebook post.

Penguang said the electricity will be supplied without any charges and the maintenance will be conducted by SEB.

He said the villagers would be trained to conduct routine maintenance such as cleaning the photo-voltaic (PV) panel, cutting grass and cleaning the surrounding of the power house.

Meanwhile, the Marudi assemblyman said a multipurpose hall is currently being built at the village under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP).

In a related development, Penguang said most roads leading to longhouses and homes near the main road in Beluru district have been tar sealed.

“Works are ongoing to tar seal gravel roads in the area,” he said.