SHAREDA is advocating for the installation of solar panels on every house in Sabah, turning each residence into a mini independent power producer (IPP). According to SHAREDA President Datuk Chua Soon Ping, discussions with Chief Minister YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji bin Haji Noor and Minister of Industrial Development and Entrepreneurship Sabah, YB Datuk Phoong Jin Zhe have taken place regarding this initiative.
Datuk Chua explained that SHAREDA envisions homeowners harnessing energy from sunlight during the day and contributing it to the Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd's (SESB) main grid. By nighttime, when solar power is unavailable, homeowners can utilize electricity from SESB, potentially leading to cost savings on their electricity bills.
The aim is to encourage widespread adoption of solar panels, creating a network of mini IPPs across Sabah. Datuk Chua highlighted the potential benefits, including increased efficiency, a 24-hour power supply, and an estimated 20 percent reduction in electricity costs for participating homeowners.
However, Datuk Chua acknowledged some discouragement from SESB, citing concerns about potential financial losses. SHAREDA is urging the Sabah Energy Commission to consider the initiative, emphasizing that other regions, including Kuala Lumpur, have successfully implemented similar projects. Datuk Chua plans to communicate this appeal through a letter to the Chief Minister, discussions with the Sabah Energy Commission, and engagement with SESB.
In addition, Datuk Chua mentioned a local solar panel factory, Kibing Solar, located at the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park. He emphasized the importance of sourcing solar panels locally to support the initiative and suggested that special pricing be offered to Sabahans.
On a separate note, SHAREDA announced its collaboration with the State Government to construct affordable housing for the B40 and M40 groups in Sepanggar, covering 60 acres of land between Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and 1Borneo. Approximately 3,000 houses are planned for construction, with the land contribution coming from the State Government. SHAREDA is actively working with the Government to facilitate the project.