|Malang Regent, Rendra Kresna, hands over a trophy and certificate to the UMM Rector, Muhadjir Effendy.
Malang Regent, Rendra Kresna, stated that the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) has a big role to the Malang regency community. It can be seen at least from the involvement of UMM in building the plant generation using alternative energy among others, biogas, hydro and wind power, and solar cell.
"That is why, on behalf of the people of Malang Regency, I feel the need to provide an award of Prabawa Energy Award," said Rendra before handing trophy and certificate to the rector, Muhadjir Effendy, on the sidelines of the graduation on Saturday (12/3).
The praise from the Regent was not excessive. Over the last five years, the devotion of UMM lecturers and students have been focused on helping people in need of electrical energy. With huge potential, Malang Regency is very likely to be developed.
Some areas in Malang Regency have asked UMM to become companion in biogas development, PLTMH and PLTAng. Even with the help of World Bank and the Indonesia-Australia Partnership, UMM together with the people of Pagelaran District was building one unit of PLTMH to generate electricity which pumps clean water. The pump will be used to drain clean water to 11 villages around Sumbermaron, Pagelaran, Malang Regency.
In addition, Prabawa Energy Award is the second award for UMM in the field of alternative energy development. Earlier, at the Asean level, PLTMH UMM won ASEAN Energy Awards from the Consortium of the Minister of Energy of ASEAN in the last 2008. Moreover, UMM also has obtained recognition from various parties, such as Iran's Ambassador to Indonesia, President Director of PLN, and several ministers.
PLTMH UMM itself is a power plant that generates power 100 Kwh. It is able to support the electricity needs of the campus up to 100% at night and 30% at day. Moreover, as the easily accessible applied laboratory, PLTMH UMM has been visited by no less than 5,000 people. Some of them even used it as their undergraduate and graduate thesis material as well as dissertation. (nas/t_alf)