SHAH ALAM – SIRIM Berhad introduces a solar-powered Light-emitting Diode (LED) street lamp using state-of-the-art, energy-efficient composite technology and lithium ion batteries.

Innovation from the country’s leading research and technology agency was commercialized with the installation of 99 pillar lamps around Section 7, here, under the supervision of the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) which saves 13.5 MWh of electricity annually.

Its chairman, Tan Sri Dr Ir Ahmad Tajuddin Ali, said the road lighting system was powered by renewable solar power and was able to reduce carbon dioxide emissions using stainless, high insulating, lightweight and lightweight composite materials.

“If this technology is expanded throughout the MBSA area using almost 46,000 light poles, the impact of electricity savings will be 30.2 GWh a year,” he said.

“The reduction of carbon dioxide by 21,000 tonnes a year can be realized, thus contributing to Local Agenda 21 towards the Low Carbon Cities,” he added.

Earlier, the launch was completed by the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Darell Leiking at the ministry’s Monthly Assembly and its agencies, on 6 August.

He said the solar panel was certified safe because the material used was not at risk for electrical shock with the exception that it was lighter and easier to lift than the regular lamp posts.

He said the installation of road lamps was easy with a reasonable initial investment as the solar panel installation process did not require complicated civil, mechanical and wiring work.

“The technology is suitable to use in remote areas such as areas without grid infrastructure, rural areas and near the sea,” he said.

To date, the solar-powered LED street lighting system has been installed in several locations including Fisher Pier, Kuala Dulang, Yan, Kedah; Fisherman’s Pier, Tuba Island, Langkawi, Kedah; Fisherman’s Jetty, Kg Bakau Tua, Seberang Prai, Penang; and Murni Yan Beach, Kedah.