Monday July 30, 2012
City in need of reliable energy saving streetlights
By MANJIT KAUR
THE state government wants to introduce energy-saving, solar-powered streetlights in Ipoh but the plan to go green has hit a stumbling block.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir (pic) said the state was interested in products that were affordable and yet could function a long time.
“In the last three years, the state has received many proposals on green technology products but none fulfils this criteria.
“We are very keen on introducing green technology in the city but have learned that we need to look at all aspects before actually heading in that direction,” he told reporters after his meet-the-people session last week.
Citing an example, Dr Zambry said the Perak Works Department had last year installed solar lightings along the trek on Kledang Hill.
“Each of this solar-powered streetlights cost RM10,000 at the time and we were told that they could last up to five years.
“However, it’s only been a year and the streetlights have turned from white to yellow while some are not even functioning at all,” he added.