New Solar Venture to Prove Beneficial for Indonesia

The Indonesian government plans to embark on a new solar panel project across the country. The idea was a result of the country’s efforts to recover from the just-ended coronavirus pandemic. The venture is a 1bilion dollar plan to help mute economy recuperate. According to the ambitious plan, the government is to layout a thousand solar panels on buildings.

The combined output of the panels is expected to be a rough estimate of 1gW of peak power annually. According to locally established energy company Institute for Essential Services Reform IESR, the project will be able to provide up to 22,000 jobs to locals around.  

These recruits are to be mandated to Putting up the panels. With this in mind, the government also plans to save close to 1 billion dollars in electricity subsidies. The projects, previously named the solar archipelago plan will handle a total cost of fifteen trillion Euros annually spread across the next 4-5 years.  

According to the plans, the government aims to set up thousands of panels across Indonesia’s rural sector to save on the cost of spreading electricity across the nation. As stated by the executive director of IESR Fabby Tumiwa, the organization aims to integrate the plan early next year. However, the company has started preparations from this day. In retrospect, the plan has gained foot over this year. On the other hand, Fabby confirms that there is still a lot left to be done that includes training new personnel as solar panel installers. 

As it stands currently, the country cannot generate one gigawatt of power in one year. Looking at this, the realistic approach would be to install approximately 100-200 megawatt solar structures in Nusa Tenggara and Bali during the first year. The reason for this is that these regions show the largest costs in terms of electricity distribution in all of Indonesia. 

The funding for the project will come from past grant financing to countries for recuperating in the post-COVID-19 economic recovery schemes. However, experts report that these developments enable the economy to push past its limits and create employment opportunities without compromising environmental sustainability.

Consequently, the government has an option to transfer the funding and develop Indonesia’s coal sector. GIZ program coordinator Rudolf Rauch relayed to the Post that coal is not a viable option for the country’s energy needs. However, he pushed more to the fact that the country is not in a position to effect a 1GW plan any time soon. However, the government has in its plans to roll out an effective measure for the solar project eventually.