Eye on solar panel factory in Batu Kawan

Posted on March 14, 2012. Filed under: Energy |

-The Star-
GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Government will ensure that a solar panel factory to be built in Batu Kawan complies with the necessary requirements before construction can start.

State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said Bosch Solar Energy would have “to give everything to the state to review before they can start construction”.

He was asked to comment on a statement by Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang who said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng must explain to the public if he (Lim) had taken into consideration the environmental impact of the factory before approving it.

Phee said this after a DAP event last night.

Tan had quoted an article in The Guardian (England) last September which highlighted a case in China where residents objected to a solar panel-producing plant in view of concerns over the hazardous impact on the environment.

It was recently reported that Bosch had paid a 20% downpayment (RM11.6mil) for a 32.3ha plot in Batu Kawan for its manufacturing facility.

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