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KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 -- RHB Islamic Bank Bhd presented solar panels worth RM100,000 to Masjid Al-Ghufran in Kangar, Perlis today to promote the use of renewable energy.
In a statement, RHB Islamic said Masjid Al-Ghufran will become the first mosque in Perlis to have solar panels installed, allowing it to benefit from sustainable solar energy.
The pilot project involves the installation of a 31.5 kilowatts (kW) solar photovoltaics (PV) system, which is expected to save RM21,000 annually for the mosque and off-set 800 tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to replanting 6,000 trees.
Managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Adissadikin Ali said RHB Islamic believes in playing an active role to ensure a sustainable future for the environment and local communities.
"In addition to ease the burden of electricity cost for Masjid Al-Ghufran, solar energy generated by the panels will also have a positive long-term impact on the environment through the reduction in the mosque’s carbon footprint," he said at the launch of its Solar Installation Programme in Kangar.
Under a wider programme, selected mosques within the state of Perlis would receive assistance to instal solar panels with the support of Lembah Setia Sdn Bhd, a specialist in solar PV installation.
To further engage local communities in caring for the environment, Adissadikin said RHB Islamic is planning to set-up a Wakaf Solar Fund to receive contributions via its SyuQR donation platform.
He said through the digital platform, donations could be securely made by simply scanning a QR Code displayed in participating mosques.
Earlier, RHB Islamic Bank entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC), pledging its support for the use of solar panels in places of worship through MGTC’s Rumah Ibadat Hijau Programme.