He said his ministry was working with Unimas to generate 500kw of grid electricity supply for villages in the remote rural areas with a cheaper alternative of renewable energy.
"My ministry has provided funds for Unimas to undertake the study, which is expected to be completed by June next year," he told reporters after presenting an allocation of RM130,000 to Unimas under its mentor programme fund - 1Ministry 1Higher Learning Institution at Unimas campus here.
The sites are Rh Empaling; Kpg Jelang in Ulu Sepak, Betong; Rh Augustine, Kpg Langgir in Lingga, Sri Aman; Rh Japar in Ulu Entabai; Rh Sabang in Tatau, Bintulu; Punang Trusan/Long Telingan, Long Lamai and Lio Mato in Baram as well as Lio Tuya, Long Tanid and Buduk Nur in Lawas.
He said the main criteria for selecting strategic sites included water sources, technical feasibility in terms of river potential besides accessibility, population and demographic, economic and social activities, environmental impact and potential economic growth.
Extracted from bernama.