Thursday, October 31, 2013

Official pricing of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in Malaysia

The latest iteration of the iPhone will only be available in Malaysia on November 1, but that does not stop people from speculating the launch prices of the two variants - iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

UPDATED: Apple Store Malaysia has published its pricing and the prices are exactly as what appeared on Technocrats (one of the Authorised Apple Resellers) website.

This is the iPhone 5S official pricing:

iPhone 5S, 16GB - RM2,399.00
iPhone 5S, 32GB - RM2,749.00
iPhone 5S, 64GB - RM3,149.00

Source: Technocrats. These appear to be RM200 more expensive than the iPhone 5 when it was launched.

iPhone 5C pricing

iPhone 5C would not be that 'affordable' afterall as it will not be going below RM1,500. The colourful iPhone prices are as follows:

iPhone 5C, 16GB - RM1,999.00
iPhone 5C, 32GB - RM2,399.00

Source: Technocrats

Most of your local retailers and resellers will have them next week, so, check them out.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

4 to 10 Mbps broadband penetration for rural residents by 2016

In about 3 years' time, folks in the rural areas will get to enjoy up to 10 Mbps of broadband connections. For those in the urban areas, you can expect to be connected at a speed up to 300 Mbps.

Great. I hope it will become reality and not just lips service!

I read that critics are already throwing the wet blanket, saying that rural folks cannot afford this as they are already burdened with higher petrol price, lift in the sugar subsidy, etc, and that they are likely to abandon their farms for spending too much time online.

What a nonsense! Why not let the people decide for themselves what they want to do with the technology at hand. They just need to be educated, they will decide when and what to look for  online.

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Communication tower in the suburban area of Penampang. Photo by de engineur

Up to 10 Mbps broadband penetration for rural folks

Rural folks in the country would enjoy a faster broadband penetration of between four and 10 megabits per second (mbps) while urban dwellers, between 100 and 300 Mbps by 2016, said Communications and Multimedia minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

He was referring to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's announcement in the Budget 2014 yesterday that the government would be implementing the second phase of the high speed broadband (HSBB) initiative with the private sector involving an investment of almost RM1.8 billion, that would benefit 2.4 million households nationwide.

According to him, foundation works on the project had been already been initiated. The allocation is already there and the sites for the towers and cable installations are already identified.

"In 3 years' time we will see a different scenario in which internet connection would be much faster. In terms of broadband coverage in the country we are not too far behind developed nations with almost 70%" - Communications and Multimedia minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

According to him, broadband penetration in the rural areas was presently between 1 and 2 mbps while in the urban areas, between 2 and 20 mbps.

TheGreenMechanics: Malaysians are a smartphone crazy lot. According to Nielsen, our smartphone penetration rate now stands at 80%, compared with US' 60% and UK's 72%. That is just about right for an improved broadband penetration. 

Of course there are pros and cons to all this. It is all up to us to choose what we want.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pulau Gandang, Tuaran

Are you in a holiday mood this weekend? Why not go fishing.

If fishing is not your cup of tea, lazying in the sun, or just watch the kids play along the sandy beach would be a good idea to unwind.

Pulau Gandang
Pulau Gandang (pulau is island in Malay) is not actually island as it is a long curved beach off Sulaman road in Tuaran. The cape extending long into the water along the beach front probably lead people to call this place 'island'

Pulau Gandang fishing

Happy weekend! And hopefully Manchester United play well against Stoke City tonight. Otherwise they can say goodbye to next year's Champions League tournament.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Apple announced new, thinnest iPad Air

Apple has announced the next iteration of its premium tablet, the iPad Air.

With thickness of just 7.5mm this could the thinnest full-sized tablet around

It claimed that the iPad Air is thinner, lighter and more powerful, befitting the new name. And the new tablet weighs just one pound (469 g), down from the fourth-gen model's 1.4 pounds (652 g). It also boasts a 43% thinner bezel and a 20% thinner profile. 

It is 8 times faster than the first-gen iPad, and graphics are 72 times faster. 

Thanks to MIMO, you should enjoy faster WiFi, and expanded LTE support from international carriers as well. So, this should be LTE compatible in Malaysia.

As expected, the new iPad Air sports a 9.7-inch Retina display with 64-bit architecture on board with more than 1 billion transistors, and there's an A7 processor under the hood along with an M7 motion chip.

iPad Air specifications and comparison

To have some idea of how this one differs from the previous iteration, here is the comparison:

Apart from faster processor and lighter body, there's not much to shout about.

Will I upgrade now?

Probably no. I'm happy with how my current iPad 3 perform, it serves the intended purpose and I have little complaint with its overall performance. Besides, iOS 7 works fine under the hood.

I'll wait for the next generation.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fishing Competition at Pulau Gandang, Tuaran

You have some time to spare this weekend? Or, you are looking for some family outing and fishing is in the menu? This might be just what you are looking for. If it's to be your day, you will go home RM1,000 richer, who knows.

This Fishing Competition is organised by one of the water operators in the state and this is the second similar competition in 2 years.

Event            : Pertandingan Memancing Terbuka Corporate Dynamics 2013
Organiser     : Corporate Dynamics Sports and Recreation Club
Date             : 26 October 2013 (Saturday)
Time            : 7.00am - 3.00pm
Venue          : Pulau Gandang, Tuaran
Eligibility     : Open to the public 

Entrance Fee : RM40 per rod. Second rod is charged at RM15

For inquiries and to sign up for the competition, call:

088-782123 : Tuaran & Tamparuli - Fandie Untung / Thien Sen Fong
088-233511 : Kota Kinabalu - Elizabeth Luan / Betsy Martin
088-719006 : Penampang - Pantalion L Gihol
Click on my previous posting for the Location Map.

Some of the fishes that would not be included in this competition. Please spare them!

The followings are the rules and regulation of the competition in Bahasa Malaysia. Have fun reading!

  1. Yuran penyertaan sebanyak RM40.00 untuk joran pertama. Manakala untuk joran berikutnya sebanyak RM15.00 sebatang dan terhad kepada dua batang joran sahaja.
  2. Peserta mestilah berumur 12 tahun ke atas.
  3. Peserta hanya dibenarkan mendaftar atas satu nama sahaja.
  4. Pertandingan akan berlangsung selama 5 ½ jam (bermula dari jam 09.00 pagi hingga jam 2.30 petang). Peserta diwajibkan menghabiskan tempoh masa yang telah ditetapkan dan mana-mana peserta yang balik awal akan dibatalkan kesemua hasil tangkapannya.
  5. Yuran penyertaan tidak akan dikembalikan terhadap mana-mana peserta ingin menarik diri pada hari pertandingan.
  6. Kejuaraan akan ditentukan berdasarkan kepada berat tangkapan ikan dan juga masa tangkapan. Sekiranya terdapat persamaan dari segi berat tangkapan ikan, maka masa tangkapan yang tercepat akan diambilkira sebagai pemenang.
  7. HANYA pancing yang mempunyai penanda sah daripada pihak penganjur sahaja yang akan diambilkira tangkapannya.
  8. Adalah ditegaskan bahawa penggunaan mata kail bermata tiga dan juga ambor (Hand Line) adalah tidak dibenarkan sama sekali.
  9. Peserta boleh memenangi lebih daripada satu kategori hadiah yang dipertandingkan sekiranya tangkapan berat ikan yang seterusnya adalah layak.
  10. Pilihan umpan adalah bebas dan perlu disediakan sendiri oleh semua peserta.
  11. Pilihan tempat memancing adalah bebas tetapi mestilah di dalam kawasan yang telah ditetapkan oleh pihak penganjur pertandingan.
  12. Peserta dikehendaki terus mengemukakan tangkapan ikan ke meja pengadil untuk ditimbang sebaik sahaja tangkapan dibuat. Semua tangkapan mestilah masih hidup dan tidak dibuka daripada mata kail semasa mengemukakannya.
  13. Hanya ikan yang ditangkap menggunakan pancing sahaja yang akan diambilkira. Kaedah mencandat (mata kail menyangkut pada badan ikan) adalah tidak dibenarkan.
  14. IKAN BUNTAL, IKAN LANGUT LANGUT, SESIRAT, BELANGKAS dan BELACAK adalah tidak diambil kira di dalam pertandingan ini.
  15. Peserta tidak dibenarkan untuk memberi atau menerima sebarang hasil tangkapan ikan daripada mana-mana peserta lain termasuk bertukar joran pancing. Jika diketahui, penyertaan kedua-dua peserta yang terlibat akan dibatalkan.
  16. Penggunaan perahu / pelampung untuk tujuan memancing di kawasan air dalam adalah tidak dibenarkan.
  17. Sebarang bantahan boleh dibuat dengan menyertakan bayaran sebanyak RM100.00 di meja urusetia pertandingan. Keputusan pihak penganjur adalah muktamad dan wang tidak akan dikembalikan. Sebarang bantahan yang tidak disertakan dengan bayaran tidak akan dilayan.
  18. Pihak penganjur berhak untuk membatalkan dan seterusnya menarik balik hadiah kemenangan sekiranya mendapati wujudnya sebarang bentuk penipuan oleh mana-mana peserta pertandingan.
  19. Semua peserta perlu memberi kerjasama dalam menjaga kebersihan pantai dengan tidak membuang sampah secara merata-rata. Pihak penganjur akan menyediakan plastic sampah.
  20. Peserta yang ingin menuntut hasil tangkapan ikan bolehlah berbuat demikian selepas acara pertandingan ini selesai.
  21. Pihak penganjur berhak menunda tarikh pertandingan sekiranya terdapat sebarang kesulitan yang tidak dapat dielakkan.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Why we need GST

This is a good read, even if you do not agree to the implementation of the GST. I found this in Astro Awani and as a supporter to the implementation of such wider tax base in Malaysia I decided to post this in my blog. Authored by Datuk Seri Idris Jala.

Why we need GST

'Wasting' 10 minutes of your time reading this won't harm

There are many more myths than facts about the goods and services tax or GST which the government plans to introduce not long from now. I will attempt to dispel some of the myths associated with this tax and put the GST in perspective.

The first thing to remember is that the GST is only one of measures that the government will be taking to overhaul the financial system of the country to find new sources of revenue and improve the efficiency of tax collection. Other measures are being undertaken to reduce corruption, to reduce waste and create highly transparent procurement processes among others.

GST is part of a holistic programme of improvement for the government which will be combined with these other measures to help us on our way to achieve high income and developed status in a sustainable and inclusive manner. That target is getting per capita income up to US$15,000 by 2020.

Our current tax base is way too narrow – we depend too much on income tax, both individual and corporate. Out of some 29 million in people in Malaysia, only less than two million people pay income tax.

We cannot afford to go back to these same people and corporations and ask them for more and more tax – we can only hope that as their income increases, they will pay more tax. In fact, if we don’t widen the tax base, there is absolutely no room to cut income taxes further.

For various reasons, including the fact that much income goes unreported, we need to broaden the tax base. A value-added tax such as GST, where a tax is paid on every step in the value-added process is a consumption tax and therefore taxes those who can afford to spend.

If you are making money but don’t pay tax for various reasons, you still want to spend on the things that you want to have and to use. And when you consume, the government can capture a part of that as income for itself through the GST.

If you are concerned about being adversely impacted by the GST, it is important to remember that when GST is implemented we can zero-rate or set the tax rate at zero for any number of essential goods and this is what the government intends to do to ensure that citizens do not get burdened by taxes on essential items.

Also there is currently the sales tax as well as the service tax now of 6-10% which will be repealed once the GST is introduced. In the first few years at least, we expect that the GST will be revenue neutral for the government because gains will be offset due to the termination of the sales and service taxes.

But further out, the GST will help the government gain extra revenue. This will be because we expect more and more people to become affluent as measures to increase income bite and become reality. As consumption and affluence increases, government income from GST will increase in tandem.

What’s in it for citizens? First, because essential goods and services that will be consumed such as food, public transport and education are likely to be zero-rated, consumers will not be paying extra taxes here. Second, as government revenue increases, it has more money to provide for social safety net programmes such as BR1M, the 1Malaysia cash assistance programme for lower middle and low-income groups.

But contrary to popular belief, GST implementation is like to be only sometime in 2015 if it is announced at the forthcoming Budget because you need a lead time of 12 to 18 months to prepare for the value-added tax.

Imagine say manufacturing a consumer product such as a bottled drink and that you are the manufacturer. You will have to buy all your inputs such as sugar, flavour, bottles and so on from suppliers. These suppliers will include a GST in their sales to you.

When you sell your bottled drink, you will have to add on a tax to your product which represents the GST. But you are entitled to claim a rebate on the tax to the value that you did not add, in other words the tax your suppliers added on. To do that you have to keep proper and complete records.

The government will be helping businesses, and especially small businesses to set up the record-keeping system for this so that there is a smooth transition to the value-added tax system without any major hiccups.

This record-keeping produces other attendant benefits as well. For instance, studies have shown that Malaysia has large capital outflows which can’t be reconciled in the national accounts. As much as 80% of this is said to be from transfer pricing where firms transfer costs to various centres around the world to minimise the tax.

Once a GST is implemented it makes it very much more difficult to do so because complete records are kept at every stage of the value-adding process. There are records of who sells to you and at what price and the same for yourself, all along the chain. It is just a matter of going down the chain to see if you are playing around with your figures.

Not just capital outflows but all manner of other things can be tracked down too. It becomes easier for Customs to determine who is avoiding duties and for the Inland Revenue Department to check to see who is evading taxes.

By introducing GST, the entire record-keeping process becomes much more rigorous and will definitely contribute to much better and more efficient collection of all taxes and duties in future.

Most countries in the world already have a value-added tax. Most countries in Asean already have it too. And even oil-producing countries have it.

The appeal is that it is a broad-based tax which taxes based on amount of consumption. Because it is the more well-to-do and the wealthy who will consume more, the GST automatically taxes them most, not the lower income group.

Whichever way one looks at it, the GST is a progressive move to overhaul the tax system of the country. It is an imperative – but not the only one – of a developing and developed economy which will provide sustainable revenue to the government for it to plough back to needed sectors within the economy.


Dato' Sri Idris Jala is CEO of Pemandu and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. Fair and reasonable comments are most welcome at
* This article was first published in berita Harian and later in Astro Awani

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Why do bees buzz?

As if we can't leave without asking question like that. But for the sake question and answer, and for the young ones who are full of curiosity, here's what the guys at Sciencefocus have to offer:

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Male sonoran carpenter bee. Photo by de engineur

Bees and other Neoptera insects don’t flap their wings directly. Instead, the flight muscles pull on the springy thorax wall to make it ‘ping’ in and out.

Bees also have muscles that can contract multiple times from a single nerve impulse. Together these adaptations allow bees to beat their wings at 200-230Hz (cycles per second). To freeze the movement of a bee in flight, you need to set your camera shutter speed at least 1/300sec.

We hear this as a buzzing tone. Bees also buzz when not flying, to shake pollen from a flower onto their body.

Note: Scientific facts are provided by Sciencefocus, the picture is my own.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

GM to launch dual-fuel Chevrolet Impala in 2014

General Motors says it will start selling a Chevrolet Impala sedan next year that runs on both natural gas (CNG) and gasoline.

The giant automaker says the Impala will be the only factory-produced full-size car that runs on both fuels. It says both fuels are needed because there are few natural gas filling stations in the US.

We have quite a good network of compressed natural gas stations in Klang Valley, so, this could be a good option provided no compatibility issue.

Dual-fuel Chevrolet Impala 2015 model to start selling in 2014. Photo: Foxnews

Bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala sedan to go on sale next year

General Motors chairman and chief executive Dan Akerson unveiled the new dual-fuel Chevrolet Impala at an energy summit in Washington this week.

The 2015 model year sedan will be offered to customers beginning in mid-2014. GM says it will be the only manufacturer-produced full-size bi-fuel sedan in North America, taking advantage of abundant US gas supplies.

The powertrain will switch "seamlessly" from compressed natural gas to gasoline at the touch of a dashboard button. The car will have a range of up to 500 miles (800 kilometers), and its ability to use both fuels will reduce user fears over replenishing the tank in a natural gas-only vehicle.

The largest US automaker, pointed to natural gas as a cleaner-burning transportation fuel compared with petroleum products and its significantly lower cost than gasoline at current prices.

TheGreenMechanics: GM didn't reveal the new Impala's price but as a reference, gas-powered Impala starts around $28,000 (approx. RM88,400).

Pretty affordable at dollar-to-dollar conversion but with our vehicle import duties and tariff in place, you are looking at double that figure to own one in Malaysia.

Further reading here

Energy Ministry to help rural community produce Biomass Products

If what the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water stated yesterday is to become reality, smallholders and farmers in this country will have better opportunity to take part in green and renewable energy projects - in a small way.

In a statement, the ministry said it will provide the rural community comprising smallholders, landowners and farmers with guidance and advice on using green technology to develop high-value products from biomass, including energy.

Rice farmers and palm oil smallholders can become suppliers to the biomass industry.

Rural Community Gets Helping Hands
Bernama, Oct 18.

The Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water will help the rural community to promote sustainable developments and facilitate the green economy by showing how it can contribute to economic growth.

With huge amount of talent and resources, coupled with their hardworking traits, the rural communities just need transformation in their mindset i.e., to be more entrepreneurial bent, and organise themselves accordingly to capitalise on new opportunities.

This year, Prime Minister Najib announced an allocation increase of RM2 billion, for the Green Technology Financing Scheme (GTFS), which makes the total allocation now to RM3.5 billion.

This is meant as an incentive to small and medium industries and enterprises (SMI & SMEs) to increase the creation of green tech-based products and services.

He also said the government launched the 1Malaysia Biomass Alternative Strategy Initiative (1MBAS) last year to benefit Malaysians, especially smallholders and farmers..

"We have target the production of 800 MW of renewable energy by 2020. This requires 6-9 million tonnes of biomass (and) this amount would translate into about RM9 billion in Gross national Income (GNI).
- Deputy Minister Mahdzir Khalid, Malaysia Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water

The ministry reckon that the implementation of the National Biomass Strategy is expected to create up to 66,000 new jobs by 2020, a variety of skills, from manual labor to areas of research and development and engineering.

Of this, the biomass pellet industry alone is expected to contribute 12,300 direct and indirect jobs.

TheGreenMechanics: This would directly benefit the large number of palm oil smallholders in Sabah. Great opportunity!

Friday, October 18, 2013

iPhone 5S, 5C to launch in Malaysia on November 1

Good news for iPhone lovers. iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be available in Malaysia starting Novermber 1, 2013 according to recent Apple press release.

Apple announced that the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be available in 35 new countries on October 25 and in another 16 countries on November 1.

Countries such as South Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Thailand are among the 35 countries that will get the new iPhones slightly earlier than Malaysia on October 25, which is about one away:-

Launch Date Countries
October 25 Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand.
November 1 Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Savador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UEA.

Major telcos have updated their websites indicating availability of the devices at launch date and you can view them here:

No official pricing yet at the time this article was written but you can expect the iPhone 5S to be marketed here starting at RM2,199 (16GB) as posted here.

If you would like to purchase from the official Apple Store, the pricing there looks good and is according to the officially-released prices. You can also purchase from re-sellers but from my previous experience, they would increase the prices up to RM300 more than the recommended retail price, RRP.

If you are in Sabah, you can purchase it at the actual RRP at Technocrats, one of the few premium re-sellers in Malaysia.

TheGreenMechanics: Have fun with your new toy!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dusun songs won RM100,000 top prize

I've got to make space for this one in this blog. But why? Is it extraordinarily special? Probably.

The sheer amount of money involved in a relatively small competition caught my attention. Even the bigger reality television show such Akademi Fantasia and the government sponsored Bintang RTM would not offer similar amount of cash prizes.

Kudos to the organizers of this KDM Malaysia Idol, a small reality TV show in Sabah featuring talents from the Kadazan, Dusun and Murut communities.

Arie (middle) with 2nd place winner Zulamaria (right) and 3rd place winner Rachel (left)

Arie Famree Sius' rendition of the Lumangad Oku Dika (I Miss You) and family backed performance gave him an edge over other competitors to win the RM100,000 top prize of the KDM Malaysia Idol 2013 finals on Sunday night.
- Daily Express, Oct. 16

Full list of winners (contestants sing in Kadazan, Dusun or Murut language):

Arie Famree Sius (Kota Belud) - RM100,000

2nd place:
Zilamaria Juhara (Tenom) - RM50,000

3rd place:
Rachel Wesley Pai (Kota Kinabalu) - RM30,000.

4th place:
Sarma Sitim (Tamparuli) - RM15,000

5th place:
Brenda Anura Londoh (Kudat) - RM10,000

6th place:
Hazlinda Haniff (Kota Kinabalu) - RM10,000

7th place:
Jenny Gaising (Penampang) - RM10,000

 8th place:
Affiezal Fahmi Inggu @ Amir (Nabawan) - RM10,000


Housetec Sdn Bhd launched solar generator for the local market

Sometime ago I wrote about Solarator, the portable 600W solar power generator that costs as much as $6,500 (more than RM20,000) and people asked where and when will this be available.

I suppose the Solarator's price would be too prohibitive for the masses. But a new portable solar power generator is now available locally thanks to Housetec (M) Sdn Bhd.

Housetec Korea Group Chairman Keun Moon explaining to the delegates. Sinar Harian photo

Housetec to market portable solar generator in Malaysia

Housetec (M) Sdn Bhd has recently launched the first compact solar power generator for the local market. It plans to first introduce the product to the ministries, departments and other government agencies followed by individual consumers in the rural areas, fishermen, etc, at a later date.

Several solar based products were introduced during the signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the company and  ANGKASA (Angkatan Koperasi Kebangsaan Malaysia Bhd) in Kuala Lumpur.

For the time being, Housetec is targeting ANGKASA members but the products would be extended to the masses soon.

Products offered

Very little was made known through the report by Sinar Harian, but from the information seen on ANGKASA's official FB page, these are two of the products on offer:

  • SG-80 Multi Solar System: This system enables you to operate/ power-up TV, laptops, fans, lights, etc.
  • SG-24 Solar Lighting System: This system enables you to to power up Housetec's LED lighting series

TheGreenMechanics: This initiative shows that there is now improved awareness in the solar-based technologies as an alternative source of energy that is environmentally friendly. You may want to check it out with ANGKASA for more details should you be interested.


RM1,000 note. Can you still find this one today?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Petronas Solar PV project wins Asean Energy Award 2013

Earlier this year, I posted about ASEAN Energy Award 2013 program to reward individuals and organisations that promote the implementation of renewable energy (RE) in Asean nations.

For the Malaysian sub-sector, SEDA was the coordinator and owners/managers of the better managed RE installations get to compete at the regional level. Our strong contender, Petronas, won one of the trophies at the ASEAN Energy Award 2013 ceremony in Bali, Indonesia last month.

The solar PV installed on the rooftop of Suria KLCC. Photo: de engineur

Petronas' rooftop solar PV emerged 2nd place

PETRONAS’ Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project which has been installed on Suria KLCC shopping mall rooftop emerged as first runner-up in the Commercial Based On-Grid Category of the ASEAN Energy Award 2013.

The project, which was PETRONAS’ first venture into renewable energy, uses six different types of solar technologies with the objective to study and identify a solar technology that applies well with the Malaysia’s climate.

Apart from the rooftop solar PV, the shopping mall is also decorated with greenery. Photo: de engineur

The 685 kWp system installed on the 9,000 square-meter rooftop is able to generate power capacity up to 600 megawatt hours per year. This is equivalent to generating clean energy for 250 typical Malaysian households annually with an average consumption of 50,000 kilowatt hours each month.

The clean energy generated from the system currently supplies 30% of Suria KLCC’s energy requirement. It also contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emission by approximately 360 tonnes carbon dioxide (CO2) annually.

The Solar PV Project signifies PETRONAS’ commitment towards sustainable development and paves the way for it to explore opportunities in green and renewable energy.

The winner of the Commercial Based On-Grid Category of the ASEAN Energy Award 2013 was the Sathingphra District in Songkla Province, Thailand for its electricity-generating wind turbine project.

The Asean Energy Award 2013 received 18 participations from across ASEAN countries vying for recognition for their outstanding works in renewable energy and best energy efficiency practices.

Source: Bernama

Artificial photosynthesis, a promising technology for future energy production

What is artificial photosynthesis

It is a chemical process that replicates the natural process of photosynthesis, a process that converts sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and oxygen. The artificial photosynthesis term is commonly used to refer to any scheme for capturing and storing the energy from sunlight in the chemical bonds of a fuel, a solar fuel.

Photosynthesis is a natural process to convert sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into usable fuel and emitting useful oxygen in the process. Photo: de engineur

Promising technology for future energy production

The technology is absolutely promising! Prof. Michael Grätzel, a Swiss pioneer of artificial photosynthesis was awarded the world’s most prestigious technology award - the Millennium Prize - worth £660,000 (about RM3.35 million) for his effort and contribution towards development of future energy.

Since the 1970s, Grätzel has been developing the Dye-Sensitised Solar Cell (DSSC), a device that mimics the ability of plants to capture photons of light and turn them into electricity.

How it works

DSSCs use special dyes to capture the energy in light at different wavelengths, like the chlorophyll of plants. Although still under development, the excitement surrounding DSSCs lies in the fact that while they only convert around 11% of the light energy into electricity, which is well below the efficiency of conventional solar cells, they are much easier and cheaper to construct, and are expected to be much more cost-effective.

TheGreenMechanics: This reminds me of a researcher friend at a local university saying (or rather posting on his FB page) something like "charging your phone by plugging it to the tree". Well it's very possible!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

If you don't want to buy an Electric Car, you can choose to rent one!

Currently there are only two Electric Vehicle brands available in Malaysia - the Mitsubishi iMiEV which sells for RM136,000 and the Nissan Leaf. In fact, the Leaf is not even available for purchase yet as Nissan is keep dragging on the launch date for Malaysia.

The pricing issue must be the reason for the delay. Anyway, Cars Bikes Trucks speculates that the Leaf could soon be launched at RM150,000 price tag.

Don't buy it, rent it

In Japan, there is this program by Toyota that enables you to rent rather than buy a vehicle. And more recently, Toyota have added a new concept electric vehicle to its Harmonious Mobility Network (Hamo) car sharing project, which lets users rent them by the minute.

The electric vehicle is called i-Road and rent starts at 200 Yen (about RM6.60) for the first 10 minutes then 20 Yen for every minute after that. Renting the car for an hour would cost 1,200 Yen (US$12) or about RM40.

That reminds me of the RM3.00 for few minutes you pay for the kids to rent/ride the animal-shaped toy cars at the hyper malls.

No way. There is no chance you will get to rent this Leaf  'by the minute' in Malaysia. Image: CBT

Image grab the i-Road from the video of the expo in Japan. Not really a 'car', more like a 3-wheeled bike. Watch it here. Users get to rent this car for 1,200 Yen an hour.

The concept vehicle, the i-Road

The new concept vehicle weighs 300kg and can fit two passengers. It has dual 2kW motors that can propel the car at speeds up to 45 kilometers per hour for up to 50 kilometers on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery.

Those intending to rent it can make reservation online through smartphones. Car availability can be viewed in real time, too.

TheGreenMechanics: With price tag of electric vehicle so high and with many low to middle-income earners likely to give this a pass, it is a good idea to put up similar program in Malaysia. The big cities are the better places to start of with.

Then we, the adult, can rent and ride these expensive 'toys' like the kids playing with the toy-cars at the shopping malls.

Why not? Treat this as EV awareness program.

Celcom and Nokia Solutions to roll out 4G LTE networks in Klang Valley

If you are speed hungry, Klang Valley is the place to be. Several telcos have already unveiled their plans to roll out 4G LTE services and solutions in this area, starting this year.

More recently, Celcom signed a 3-year contract with mobile broadband systems firm Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) to roll out LTE services in Klang Valley, which includes Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas.

For the record, Celcom started trial runs of its 4G LTE networks in April this year by making available USB dongles to its customers for RM199 with three months free access.

Collaboration between Celcom and NSN

Under the 3-year contract, NSN will be transforming Celcom’s entire Klang Valley network to a Single RAN (Single Radio Access Network) system based on its compact, high-capacity Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station for GSM, 3G and LTE.

The base station enables an easy and cost-effective site upgrade to LTE using NSN’s NetAct network management system, which provides consolidated management for Celcom’s network. The deal also includes intelligent Self Organizing Network (iSON) functionality to improve LTE network quality with self-healing, self-optimization and self-configuration across the radio network.

NSN will provide Celcom with refarming services for the 1800 MHz GSM band, desktop planning, pre-optimization services, and operational services for process alignment, support and engineering.

To date, NSN has 92 commercial references for the delivery of LTE with leading customers in advanced mobile broadband markets such as Northern Europe, Japan, South Korea and the United States.

TheGreenMechanics' Two cents: 

4G or what not, we are still struggling to fully utilise the capability of the 3G network. There is little point in deploying the faster network - the 4G LTE - when the infrastructure for even the slower 3G network is not in place.

Improve on the service quality  - less dropped calls, less 3G services outages, better coverage, etc - and we, the consumers will appreciate it, rather than blowing the trumpets on who has the fastest broadband speed!

More details of the deal here.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

US firm to invest in Renewable Energy sector in POIC Lahad Datu, Sabah

If they benefit the people and at the same time save the environment from being further damaged, efforts to bring in investments into the state should be encouraged.

In fact, we should always be on the lookout for opportunities such as one that's created by POIC Sabah Sdn Bhd (Palm oil industrial cluster).

Yesterday, POIC Sabah Sdn signed a memorandum of understanding with Evolution Energy LLC of the United States that could translate into a RM500 million (about US$156 mil) investment to produce gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel and clean burning coal from oil palm fronds and trunks by  2015.

POIC Lahad Datu
POIC is located in Lahad Datu in the east coast of Sabah.

RM500 million investment to produce gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel and clean burning coal

MOU worth RM500 million was signed between POIC Sabah and Evolution Energy, whereby Evolution Energy is expected to acquire some 50 hectares of land at POIC Lahad Datu for 5 plants -- three for the production of liquid biofuels and two for manufacturing the environment-friendly Nucoal, a solid biofuel. These plants are estimated to require up to one million tonnes of biomass, mainly fronds and trunks, annually.

Though fronds and trunks are targeted as the main raw materials, it said the facilities were designed to also process empty fruit bunches (EFB - from palm oil mills) and wood wastes from the state's timber industry.

Evolution Energy's entry into Sabah came in the wake of the launch last June of the Biomass Joint-Venture (JV) Cluster concept of aggregating EFB from most of the 130 palm oil mills across Sabah.

From its 1.4 million hectares of oil palm plantations, Sabah produces about 26 million tonnes of oil palm biomass comprising fronds, trunks, EFB, palm kernel shells and mesocarp fibres.

Getting around the 'biomass supply' issue

Failure in earlier attempts at securing long-term biomass supply had kept investors at bay. The JV Cluster approach circumvents issues of pricing and supply tenure by bringing in the biomass owners whose capital injections into the proposed downstream JV companies will be in the form of biomass.

Evolution Energy is based in North Carolina, US. According to its official handout, 'it pioneers new and innovative energy technologies that address the growing global demand for green power producing facilities'.

One of its businesses is the manufacturing of Nucoal, a coal substitute made from biomass that does not threaten the environment.


Monday, October 7, 2013

Top 10 longest living animals

All this while I thought tortoise is the longest living animal in the world. Apparently I'm ignorant to the scientific facts, but maybe that's the beauty of being human. Learning never stop until the very last breath that we take.

Okay, the first two doesn't make sense, their lifespans span from 2,300 years to immortal. Are you kidding me?

1. Turritopsis nutricula jellyfish

Image: mother nature network
Lifespan: immortal
Location: temperate to tropical regions of oceans

2. Giant barrel sponge

Lifespan: up to 2,300 years
Location: Garibbean waters

3. Ocean quahog

Lifespan: up to 507 years
Location: North Atlantic

4. Tortiose

Image: de engineur
Lifespan: up to 255 years
Location: worldwide

5. Tube worm

Lifespan: 250 years
Location: near hydrocarbon vents on the ocean floor

6. Koi (fish)

Lifespan: up to 226 years
Location: captivity

7. Bowhead whale

Lifespan: up to 211 years
Location: Arctic waters

8. Red sea urchin

Lifespan: over 200 years
Location: Pecific Ocean

9. Tuatara
Not to be confused with iguana.

Image: wikipedia/tuatara
Lifespan: up to 200 years
Location: New Zealand

10. Geoduck

Lifespan: up to 168 years
Location: off the west coast of North America

Source: Daily Express' Sunlife, October 6, 2013 - pp 14.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The cost of healthcare in Malaysia

For those employed in the civil services, and those in the established privately owned companies, employee healthcare would normally be taken cared of - to certain extent/amount - by their employers. For those self-employed, they would have to fork out healthcare expenses from their own pocket.

Being 'pampered' by your employer during your working life, chances are you know little about, or choose not to pay much attention to how much it costs you to get medical treatment.

While spending your weekend, and probably still in holiday mood, let's look at some figures that may be of help one day:

Sourced from: Astro Awani

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Tanjung Aru Beach 3 - Kota Kinabalu

Tanjung Aru, Beach 3


Note: Beach 3 in Tanjung Aru is located beside Beach 2 (or Prince Phillip Beach), the venue for this year's Malaysia Day celebration. It extends towards Kota Kinabalu International Airport and you can hear roars from departing/incoming air planes at frequent rate.

Compared to Beach 1 (the main beach) and Beach 2, this one is less maintained and lack amnesties such as food stall, restaurants, etc. Nonetheless, scenery from here is nothing short of beautiful.

The green mechanics.

Mega solar plant in India to sell power at record-low rate: $0.089 per kWh

This is interesting as India is showing the world that solar PV power can be as cheap as one that is generated from finite sources.

India’s solar industry has announced ambitious plans to construct a 4 GW mega PV plant selling solar power at just $89 MWh – a record-low. This is an equivalent of 5.5 rupees per kWh (approx. 28.32 Malaysian sen per kWh).

That's about the current rate we are paying for electricity in Malaysia - SESB charges 33.5 sen/kWh and TNB charges 21.8 sen/kWh to 45.4 sen/kWh.

The state of Rajasthan has been identified as the location for the country's planned 4 GW solar plant. Photo: pv-magazine

India’s ultra-mega solar plant plan
Source: pv-magazine

The venture, which would more than double India’s current sun-powered capacity, is being driven by a consortium of six state-owned companies, which includes Power Grid Corp. (PWGR) of India Ltd., and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL).

The report states that the first gigawatt will be ready by the end of 2016, from which point it will begin selling solar power at just $89 MWh (5,500 rupees), which is 10 rupees cheaper than the current-lowest solar power bid, and approximately 32% below the global average.

The solar plant will be India’s first of such an ultra-mega magnitude, and will rival the nation’s 100 GW of planned coal-fired plants that are also in the offing.

This clean energy venture will receive unspecified government funding, while BHEL will own 26%. Bids are expected to be sought for a contractor to design and then build the plant. It is expected to be constructed on an 18,000-acre site near Sambhar Lake in the state of Rajasthan.

After the first gigawatt comes online in 2016, the remaining 3 GW will be put in place before 2020, which private companies may be invited to bid for.

TheGreenMechanics: Cool! That's the way to go!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Kuala Lumpur school to test social media as teaching platform

I wrote about tablets as eventual replacement for heavy text books quite some time ago.

While the idea seems far-fetched and may not be favoured by many parents, a government-aided school in Kuala Lumpur has recently taken the first step towards testing social media as teaching platform. The tool they use is none other than tablet computer, or simply known as tablet.

What this means is that, there will be more and more tablets in schools and people will start coming up with innovative ways to maximise the usage of this popular gadget. St. Mary's started with social media, but with time, ideas will be pouring in, including replacing heavy text books with tablets.

New Ninetology tablets for the school students at St Mary's Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Computerworld

Malaysia's first social media platform dedicated to education

Malaysian secondary school St Mary's KL will pilot Malaysia's first social media platform, which is dedicated to education, according to EduNation Programme founder.

The government-aided mission school in Kuala Lumpur, which has been handed with 46 tablets by Asean mobile solutions firm Ninetology Marketing, has 1,243 students with the support of 65 teachers, said the school principal Goh Hai Bee

Rational behind the pilot test

"Technology advancement moves at a rapid pace. Students' exposure and hands-on knowledge about the world of Internet and digital media, is critical. In today's new work environment, high IT knowledge and the know-how of using digital media should not be limited only for those studying IT as a career option.

All of our children need strong skills in IT. From doctors to engineers, lawyers and teachers; we all need these skills. Our children, who in the future will look for employment, will need to, for example, apply for jobs online."
- Goh Hai Bee, St. Mary's school principal.

The EduNation Programme

The school Alumni Club's initiative to bring EduNation and Ninetology to the school has made the EduNation Programme a reality. The programme is expected to expose students to a new pedagogical approach using technology for teaching and learning.

Teaching videos for Mathematics, Science, Economics, Accounting and languages such as English and Bahasa Malaysia as well as an online exercise and test paper can now be conducted on a social media platform so that participating students will be able to practise their comprehension on subjects and concepts.

The idea behind the EduNation Programme is to enable any student in need of academic assistance to be connected to parents, teachers, volunteers and fellow students to receive free real time tuition powered by the Malaysian Community.

EduNation Programme aims to complement the Malaysian Education system. By putting the entire Malaysian school syllabus online, free for all, we will empower every Malaysian regardless of their economic status to excel in school.

TheGreenMechanics: Tablets and other mobile devices, and technology related to such invention are not going to fade away, so we may as well put them to good use in the education industry, such as the EduNation Programme.


Smartphone market share for Europe Big-Five markets, and Malaysia

The top-five markets in Europe - sometimes called The Big-Five markets - collectively have a majority of consumers using smartphones, and that proportion continues to grow. France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK are now reporting more 60% smartphone penetration.

In Europe, and in particular the top five markets, Android remains the top operating system with a 70.1% market share. The other two, iOS (16.1%) and Window Phones (9.2%) paled in comparison.

Smartphone market share in Big Five European markets. Source: Engadget

What about us?

I read in Computerworld Malaysia online magazine last month and was shocked that, Malaysians are actually "smartphone crazy" - we have higher smartphone penetration rates than the United States and the European Big-Five markets!

Who would have thought about that?

We are now categorised as "Developed Asia", aren't we? Source: Nielsen

According to Nielsen, our penetration rate now stands at 80%, compared with US' 60% and UK's 72%. That, I think, is because many of us have more than one smartphones at any one time, not to mention the primary school-going children having their own smartphones.

Are we worried?

Why would these figures concern me? I don't know, maybe you are not at all concerned. And why should you? That's the way the society seems to be moving to. We have just got to be 'smarter' than the smartphones so as not to be enslaved by them, I suppose.

But if this fact is freaking you out, you are not alone, there are many out there who share the same concern with you.

As a matter of coincidence, this reminds me of one of Will Smith's movies where he fought with the smarter-than-human robots. Things were in complete disorder before human finally prevailed.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sabah not ready for implementation of Feed-In Tariff (FiT) system

In March this year, Business Times reported that "the Sabah government has verbally agreed" to the collection of 1% Renewable Energy (RE) levy on heavy energy users in the state.

Also, it was understood that Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry was "waiting for the official letter from the Sabah state government" to allow TNB to collect RE levy.

Fast forward to today, we are still waiting for signature of the Chief Minister, Datuk Musa Aman. It is the waiting game that've probably led SESB to make the assumption that Sabah is not ready for implementation of FiT here.

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This is what Bernama news portal reported last month:
September 19,2013 (Bernama)

Sabah is not ready for implementation of the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) system to encourage consumers to use renewable energy (RE) as no firm decision has been made by the state.

The Senior General Manager (Assets Management) Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB), Ir Ahmad Fuad Md Kasim said discussions were still ongoing with the state government, to determine the method of implementation as well as payment.

"Discussion are still at a preliminary stage and no firm decision has been reached on its implementation, including the means to develop RE at present," he told reporters at a briefing and dinner with chief editors and bureau chiefs in Sabah, here Wednesday night.

Ahmad Fuad said generally, the potential of RE and its availability in the country - including in Sabah - from sources such as biomass, biogas and solar energy had been identified.

The government has also identified the FiT mechanism to improve mixed capacities for electricity generation from RE. The target for such generation from RE sources is 985MW by 2015 or a contribution of 5.5% of the overall mixed supply.

TheGreenMechanics' two cents:

I think we are ready. But if the leaders think we are not, then it is just sad that there will be no effort towards bringing the FiT system here as the desire is not there in the first place.

Like the Malay saying "Kalau hendak seribu daya, kalau tak hendak seribu dalih", if we want it, we will surely work hard (and put aside some fund from the government coffer) to make it happen.

Ref: Bernama

TNB to build two 1,000MW coal-fired power plants in Perak

It is good that TNB is taking proactive measures to mitigate the risk of inability to supply sufficient power to Peninsula Malaysia. The catchy keyword is coal, and because it is coal, it is sensitive.

Setting up of coal-fired power plant is controversial (we have such experience in Sabah) because the potential for environmental pollution is very high. The proposed 300 MW coal-fired power plant in Lahad Datu was scrapped due to the people's objection.

Extension to the existing power plant in Manjung will start soon. Photo: Lowyat

Contrary to this, n West Malaysia, though, coal-fired power plant is one of the bigger contributors to the energy generation mix. There are also coal-fired power plants in Sarawak.

So, the real question here in Sabah is, are we looking more towards solution of the perennial issue of blackout/power failure or are we more looking at the environment alone? Of course there is a balance to be struck, but you cannot have the best of both.

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Two new 1,000MW power plants in Manjung

Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) will build two high-technology 1,000 MW coal-fired power plants in Manjung, Perak to meet the increasing demand for electricity.

Its vice president of generation Zainuddin Ibrahim said the two projects will start soon and will be completed within the next four years. The power consumption is expected to increase by 5% annually and the two projects are in the company's pipeline.

"The two projects in Manjung are mainly for domestic usage and are expected to be completed in 2017," he told reporters after launching the 3rd Annual Asian Sub-Bituminous Coal User Group Conference which was attended by over 140 industry professionals from 15 countries including Malaysia, the United States, United Kingdom, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Russia on October 1, 2013.

On average, Malaysia consumes about 15,000 to 16,000 MW of power daily, with the figure expected to increase annually. TNB's power generation ratio is as follows:-

  • Natural gas                    : 50%
  • Coal-fired power plants   : 35% to 40%
  • Renewable energy         : 10% to 15%

TNB believes that coal is one of Malaysia's most important sources of energy, and over 80% of coal in Malaysia is imported from Indonesia, South Africa and Australia.

The utility's annual consumption of coal is about 42 million tonnes and the trend continues to increase, with Asia being the biggest market for coal for power plants, accounting for 67% of worldwide demand.

Source: Bernama

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

World’s largest 4G ultra-broadband mobile network launched by China Mobile

World largest mobile communication operator, China Mobile Ltd had awarded 4G contracts worth around 20 billion yuan ($3.2 billion), with Chinese firms securing more than half of it - particularly China’s biggest telecoms equipment makers, Huawei and ZTE - and foreign firms winning about a third.

China Mobile has more than 750 million subscribers, or 60% of the total mobile subscription in China.

Major foreign players include Ericsson, Nokia, and Alcatel-Lucent with the use of the latter's innovative lightRadio 4G TD-LTE overlay for the nationwide roll-out of the world's largest high-speed mobile broadband network.

Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded 11% of China Mobile's deployment of Phase I of its 4G network. This involves deployment of more than 207,000 mobile base stations in China by the end of 2013.

China Mobile has been actively carrying out large-scale TD-LTE live network trials in China for more than 3 years and is now scaling the deployments. Alcatel-Lucent has been closely involved with China Mobile in developing TD-LTE from the inception of the technology.

China Mobile preparing for iPhone 5S and 5C rollout?

China Mobile will launch 4G services early next year. Apple’s latest iPhones are compatible with the TD-LTE spectrum used by China Mobile, which has led to expectations of a future sales deal to sell the devices.

TheGreenMechanics: It'd be great to see the full scale roll-out of the speedier 4G LTE network in Malaysia. Also, I'd love to see collaboration between the main telcos - Celcom, Maxis, DiGi - to provide consumers with better quality mobile broadband.

Source: Financial Times

Would you wear this Space Glasses to change your view of the world around you?

You’ve probably heard of Google Glass by now – the specs that overlay graphics onto the world around you. It costs $1500 to own this internet-enabled glass.

Now, a futuristic pair of ‘Space Glasses’ called META is going one step further by offering something called ‘mediated reality’.

It's basically a 3-D glasses with mediated reality

How the META works

Like augmented reality, this technology overlays text and graphics onto your field of view. However, it can also subtract objects by scanning your environment with a camera and identifying the objects around you. Once it knows what you’re looking at, it can enhance or diminish objects’ visibility so that you can add or remove them at will.

For example, imagine you're sitting in front of the telly. Meta’s built-in 720p camera will be able to recognise the TV, overlaying graphics so that it looks like they're being displayed on the screen.

Or imagine you’re holding a blank sheet of paper in front of you. The glasses will recognise it and track its position, allowing the headset to ‘print’ text or graphics onto the paper. If you bend or move the paper, the text will move accordingly, while folding the paper or turning it over will hide the text as if it were really printed there.

Priced at $667 (around RM2,158), Meta will be the first truly affordable mediated reality system available when it arrives in December this year. That's way cheaper compared to Google Glass at $1,500 (around RM4,850), but still, well... an expensive gadget.

Watch this one and a half minutes video of how it supposedly works:-

So, would you use a pair of Space Glasses to change your view of the world around you? I ticked the 'No' box. How about you?

You can get more information at Space Glasses website.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Singapore Housing Development Board is tendering out 5MW solar-leasing project

Just about a week ago, report surfaced that Singapore is installing its largest to-date rooftop solar PV with rated capacity of 1.2MW.

Few days ago, PV magazine reported another encouraging solar news from the city state - The Housing Development Board (HDB) is currently drawing up plans for the largest single solar-leasing project to date comprising 5MW in total in four precints on the main island.

First solar-leasing project in Punggol to develope 3MWp systems by Sunseap is currently on-going. Photo by Sunseap Enterprises Pte Ltd

Plan for 5MWp solar-leasing system at housing blocks

The tender is for prospective company to own and operate the panels on about 125 housing blocks in four precints:
  • Ang Mo Kio
  • Sengkang
  • Serangoon North, and
  • Buangkok.

The total solar electricity generated is expected to be around 5MW. This capacity can power more than 1,000 four-room HDB apartments. The HDB will be offsetting up to 30% of the start-up costs and will also purchase the electricity generated for 20 years at a 5% or greater discount off the prevailing market price.

The solar electricity generated will then be used to power the corridors, lifts, water pumps and other ancillary common areas in the apartment blocks. The HDB also wants to look into the possibility of households being able to buy solar generated electricity.

The HDB is a statutory board of the Ministry of National Development and is responsible for public housing in Singapore where as many as 80% of the population live.

Current project in Punggol

In January this year the HDB awarded a tender to solar developer Sunseap to lease 3MWp systems for 80 blocks in Singapore's first eco-town in Punggol. Installation works are expected to be completed by 2014. In this project, Sunseap will design, finance, install, operate and maintain the solar PV systems.

TheGreenMechanics: Solar leasing project - No FiT involved in the Singapore case here, but with innovation and creative ideas, developers and the local government can work together to arrive at a win-win conclusion.

Can we do that in Malaysia?

Reference: pv magazine