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    September 30, 2022 - MOHD FAKRI AWANG LAH


      MELAKA, Sept 27 (Bernama) -- Melaka is getting closer to achieve a smart state status as outlined in the Smart Melaka Blueprint 2035 by applying smart grid technology in its administration.

      State Education, Technology and Telecommunications Committee chairman Datuk Rais Yasin said Melaka was lucky to be selected as one of 28 cities in the world to participate in the Smart Technology Project which was fully funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) since 2017.

      "This project is the only smart grid project developed in Malaysia and the Asian region, which is in line with the state government's strategy and initiative in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

      "We are aiming for 30,000 homes to join the initiative by 2023 compared to only 40 homes that have joined so far," he told reporters after launching the Melaka Smart Grid Technology Summit 2022 here today.

      Rais said the Smart Technology Project also involved the online integration of existing sustainable energy technology in Melaka involving a 20-megawatt solar farm, 30-kilowatt rooftop solar panels, 4,000 litres of solar thermal, 50 commercial and industrial buildings, three electricity detectors, one battery system unit and 40 smart meter units from houses.

      Rais said a digital command centre was set up at Menara Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in Ayer Keroh to monitor the entire smart grid system.

      Meanwhile, the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) in a statement said the online integration developed through the Smart Grid Project had successfully reduced the emission of 19,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2eq), which is equal to planting about 287,000 trees over a period of 10 years.

      It also indirectly supports Malaysia's commitment to reduce the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 45 per cent based on gross domestic product (GDP) in 2023 and the aspiration to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, the statement read.

      TAGS: Melaka, smart grid, greenhouse gas emissions, Rais Yasin

      -- BERNAMA



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