Green energy projects launched in Temburong

James Kon

The Ministry of Energy (ME) through its Sustainable Energy Division recently introduced two sustainable energy related-projects, 8kW solar photovoltaic rooftop installation project and energy auditing programme in the Temburong District.

The projects will support the Temburong District Development Authority (AKDT) initiatives and project masterplan. The projects aim to encourage the deployment of the renewable energy technologies and to ensure energy saving opportunities are prudently optimised in the Temburong District.

The installation of 8kW solar rooftop project on a three-floor shop house at Bumiputra Commercial Building once completed will be the first government-led solar project in the Temburong District, advocating the “green concept”. This is part of the ministry’s ongoing effort to integrate renewable energy into the national power generation mix in realising Brunei Vision 2035, the ME stated yesterday.

The project construction by a local contractor began early this month and is expected to be completed by late April 2020. It is estimated that the solar PV system will produce approximately 10,500 kWh per year. This is equivalent to a reduction of carbon emission of about 2,838 kg of carbon dioxide per year and the reduction of diesel consumption of 4,200 litres per year.

It is a pilot project to test the solar photovoltaic set-up for the anticipated Net-Metering Scheme, a mechanism that allows excess energy from the solar photovoltaic rooftop system to be exported into the grid.

Rooftop solar panels at Bumiputra Building Complex in Temburong District. PHOTOS: MINISTRY OF ENERGY
Energy Auditing programme in one of the government buildings in the Temburong District

The ministry welcomed the involvement of higher educational institutions in the country, as well as other non-government organisations (NGOs) to partake in the analysis during the pilot project period.

Meanwhile the ministry launched an energy auditing programme on government buildings in the Temburong District last February.

The energy audits are conducted by the ministry’s certified Energy Manager and Energy Auditor from the ASEAN Energy Manager Training and Certification Programme under ASEAN-Japan Energy Efficiency Partnership (AJEEP) scheme. Government office buildings in the Temburong District are expected to meet the mandated Energy Efficiency Index (EEI) of 175 kilowatt-hours per square metre per year as part of the requirement under Brunei Accredited Green Unified Seal (BAGUS) produced by the Ministry of Development (MoD) to be awarded with the Building Energy Label (BEL) Recognition Certificate.

The BEL is designed using star rating criteria; one star represents less efficient and five stars as the most efficient office building. The Energy Auditor will also provide some recommendations on office buildings that are rated below five stars to further improve their energy performance and be audited annually. It is also planned to extend the energy auditing programme to commercial buildings in the Temburong District in collaboration with the MoD.

The ministry also plans to develop a user-friendly application software which serves to make energy auditing be self-implemented in all sectors. Information on the apps will soon be available online via the ministry’s website.

The Temburong District is special in Brunei Darussalam, known for its pristine forests and greenery. Both sustainable energy related projects undertaken by the ministry in the Temburong District are only the first initial step. More green projects are slated to be undertaken by the ministry in the short to medium term.