The Jakarta Post
Global energy management company Schneider Electric has distributed 1,000 portable light-emitting diode (LED) lamps that uses solar energy to disaster-affected areas in Central Sulawesi, it has said in a statement received on Tuesday.
Schneider Electric Indonesia said the Mobiya portable lamps could store electricity and be used for up to 48 hours.
The statement said that Schneider Electric Indonesia country president Xavier Denoly handed the portable solar lamps to Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) secretary-general Ritola Tasmaya.
The portable lamps are to be distributed in cooperation with PMI, particularly to emergency shelters, medical facilities and schools that were not receiving electricity from state-owned electricity company PLN, the statement said.
Denoly hoped that the portable lamps would help optimize the PMI volunteers provide post-disaster assistance to survivors in Palu, Donggala, Sigi and surrounding areas.
Many locations in Palu and surrounding areas are still relying on generator sets (gensets) to supply electricity.
The PMI's Ritola appreciated the assistance, stressing that the logistical supplies and equipment contributed from various parties were needed to help the survivors of the Central Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami.
“We express our gratitude to Schneider Electric for their support for PMI. We need the lamps in our operations that frequently take place in areas that do not have electricity,” he added. (bbn)