The state government of Perak plans to install 1,000 smart solar streetlights in rural areas, including Orang Asli villages, over the next 12 months. The cost of each unit is estimated to be over RM7,000 and will depend on the specifications of the light. The government will conduct a detailed study to identify locations for installation.
The move is a response to requests from villagers for better lighting, and the use of solar energy will reduce carbon emissions. The installation will also avoid the need for the government to pay for electricity bills for the streetlights.
The announcement was made by the Chief Minister of Perak, Dato’ Seri Saarani Mohamad, during the launch of a program to preserve the Perak Techno Trade Centre using smart solar street lighting and rooftop solar panels.
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