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Lighting Up Lives in Orang Asli Villages

30 August 2023
2 min read
Lighting Up Lives in Orang Asli Villages

Imagine life after sunset without the comfort of electricity – a reality faced by many communities located just a few hours' drive from Kuala Lumpur. These settlements, living on the opposite end of modern convenience, represent a stark contrast to the well-lit urban landscapes we often take for granted. In Malaysia alone, approximately 285,000 households are left in the dark without energy access.

This absence of electricity not only results in the lack of basic needs being provided, but also casts a shadow over their lives in the present, and future. However, amid this challenge, a glimmer of hope emerges in the form of pico solar systems. These solutions are causing transformative changes by delivering affordable and sustainable electricity to underserved rural communities disconnected from the national power grid. Thus, the prospect of illuminating these communities is no longer a dream but a realistic endeavor, awaiting only the allocation of time, resources, and support, which SOLS Energy has been committed to assembling since 2014.

Central to these pico solar systems is a compact solar panel, a battery unit, and LED lights or low-power appliances. The applications of these systems provide basic lighting, phone charging, and power for small devices.

What we have done

So far, SOLS Energy has managed to install over 1,300 of these systems in various off-grid & Orang Asli villages located in Perak, Pahang, Kelantan, Negeri Semblian, and Selangor.

The Multifaceted Advantages of Pico Solar Systems for Orang Asli Villages:

Illuminating Lives: The introduction of pico solar systems replaces hazardous kerosene lamps and flickering candles with a dependable source of clean illumination. This transition significantly enhances visibility, safety, and overall living conditions, especially after dusk.

Empowering Education: Access to electricity extends learning opportunities by facilitating evening study sessions and enabling children to complete their homework.

Strengthening Communication: The ability to charge mobile phones through these systems fosters improved communication and connectivity among villagers.

Cultivating Livelihoods: The advent of electricity opens doors for micro-enterprises and income-generating activities.

Environmental Stewardship: Pico solar systems play a pivotal role in fostering a cleaner environment by diminishing reliance on polluting fuels like kerosene, thereby contributing to healthier and more sustainable surroundings.

Transitioning Vision into Reality: Implementing Pico Solar Systems in Orang Asli Villages

Deploying each pico solar system requires careful planning and a team of dedicated individuals. The journey to bring light to underserved communities using pico solar systems shows the power of renewable energy, working together, and never giving up. With a helping hand and sustainable solutions, we can bring progress and hope to even the farthest places and it is our aim that all 285K off-grid homes gain light for their present and future.

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