Prior to this initiative, family members often spent hours foraging for wood to generate light and for use as cooking fuel. The Rimba Raya solar power initiative aims to provide a clean, renewable source of energy to 100% of the households within the Rimba Raya Reserve.
The installed equipment includes solar lanterns, 1 KW solar generator system and 30W solar generator system. The solar lanterns are distributed to homes and the village community centers receive a 300W Solar Generator System and a 1 KW Solar Generator System.
The community centers were identified as primary recipients for the large generator systems as local culture emphasizes community and social interactions and these systems would support and encourage this dynamic.