Sabah may use solar-powered streetlights in rural areas, assembly told

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will consider using solar lamps to light up streets in rural and hard to reach areas, especially places without electricity supply, the state assembly was told.

Assistant Rural Development Minister Samad Jambri Jamri said the state government had taken note of the suggestion to use solar-powered lighting in such areas.

“For now, a total of RM50mil has been approved to install street lights at various villages in Sabah this year,” he said during the question-and-answer session here on Wednesday (Nov 30).

“We are in the process of finalising the appointment of contractors and expect to start these projects next year,” he added.

Many areas in the state, including parts of Kota Kinabalu and its outskirts, are still not well lit.

In some areas, lampposts have been put up but no lights have been installed.