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The effort of people in Sumbermaron to have the electricity power now had come true. It was when the UMM researchers did a study on constructing the micro hydro electricity power there. UMM, with Badan Pengelola Sarana Air Bersih dan Sanitasi, did a research and got sponsorship of the Australian Partnership and the World Bank.
Signing the first stone of the PLTMH constructing, the people there held a ceremony on Saturday (9/10). The UMM Rector Muhadjir Effendy was honoured to place it. The constructing would take 4 months to be finished.
The Pagelaran Village leader, Eko Waluyo, was sure that it would run well for there were some PLTMH constructed by UMM which still worked at Pakis. Besides, UMM had a PLTMH Laboratory which was used by the students and society to learn about the alternative energy. "I hope, they will use it well,” said Eko Waluyo.
The UMM Rector hoped that the society would keep the environment. His part would be ready if they needed the guidance anytime.
“UMM helps the planning, supervising, and constructing. I hope it can be kept by the society,” said Muhadjir. Keeping the environment was one of the ways to thank.
Technically, the Engineering Faculty Dean, Sudarman, explained that the PLTMH would give 35 KWA electricity. It could be used for the pumps. So far, they used the PLN one which costed 8 million/month, and it was predicted to be get increased till 2 million/month. “I hope we can construct the next PLTMH if it works," said he.
The Secretary of the UMM Renewable and New Energy Implementing and Reviewing Centre, Suwignyo, approved that there were many requests to UMM to guide the society in constructing the PLTMH, biogas reactor, solar and wind powere generation. But, there were few of them only which would get it for the cost and worthiness reasons. His part, though, thanked the engineering students for their enthuasism to help. They helped the society through the KKN and researches.
“Our concern is to keep developing the the alternative energy, especially at the electricity-untouchabled places," said Suwignyo. (nas/t_ris)