Hendy Cowan

Hendy Cowan


    Another success for WA sustainable energy industry

    11/01/2001 10:05 AM

    Western Australia’s sustainable energy industry has won a $500,000 contract to deliver a stand-alone hybrid solar energy power system in Malaysia.

    Commerce and Trade Minister Hendy Cowan said that the Government of Sarawak had awarded the Perth-based International Centre for Application of Solar Energy (CASE) the contract to supply a photovoltaic-based system for the Mulu National Park.

    The project will be managed by CASE, with WA company Advanced Energy Systems responsible for the turnkey system integration and commissioning. Many of the components for the system will be supplied by local industry.

    CASE will work in co-operation with Ranhill Bersekuta (Sarawak) Sdn Bld Consulting Engineers, who will be responsible for the electrical upgrade of the site and the long-term monitoring of the system.

    “This is another example of WA industry’s ability to win projects in the competitive international market,” Mr Cowan said.

    “CASE has combined its expertise with that of WA industry to deliver a world-class product to a major tourist attraction in Malaysia.”

    Mulu National Park is undergoing extensive upgrading of its facilities including innovative cave lighting. The WA hybrid system will consume less fuel than the current diesel-only system and is based on a similar hybrid system developed for the Wilpena Pound Tourist Resort in South Australia.

    This contract comes after a visit to Sarawak by Mr Cowan last year, during which discussions took place about this and other projects, including the proposed Solar Energy Research Institute at Curtin University’s Miri campus.

    “CASE continues to develop projects for WA industry using its extensive networks in the region,” Mr Cowan said. ”The Malaysian Government’s ongoing commitment to sustainable energy applications for regional communities was again reinforced at a recent workshop organised by CASE in Kuching.

    “This augurs well for the continued growth of this industry sector in Western Australia and I am confident that further successes will emanate from the strong linkages developed between CASE and the local industry players,” he said.

    CASE is involved with Sarawak’s rural energy development program through its Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Sarawak.

    The system will be commissioned by June 2001, in time for the peak tourist season in Mulu.

    Media contact: Peter Jackson 9222-9595