December 20, 2020, 03.51 AM
An illustration of solar power plant in Indonesia. ANTARA FOTO/PRASETIA FAUZANIAn illustration of solar power plant in Indonesia.


JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia will begin to build the Cirata floating solar power plant worth about $129 million in 2021 as it was formally announced in a ceremony held at the Cirata Reservoir in West Java on Thursday, December 17.

Alhamdulillah [Praise be to God] the launch ceremony of the development for the 145 megawatts Cirata Floating Photovoltaic (PV) Power Plant in Cirata Reservoir, Cipeundeuy, in West Bandung regency has already done,” said West Java secretary Setiawan Wangsaatmaja as quoted by State News Antara on Saturday, December 19.

The power plant is developed by PT PJBI, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s state electricity company PT PLN (Persero) in a joint venture with Masdar, a United Arab Emirates-based renewable energy company. Under a consortium called PT Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali Masdar Solar Energi, PJBI owns 51 percent of the company shares, while Masdar owns a 49 percent share.

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The total investment of the project in Cirata reaches about $129 million and it is under the National Strategic Project (PSN), which will be prioritized by the Indonesian government due to its economic and social benefits to the country.

“This is one of Southeast Asia’s largest solar panel projects which has a capacity of 145 megawatts. This is a truly environmentally friendly power plant,” said Setiawan.

President Joko Widodo (left) holds a bilateral meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (right), crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces in Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi on January 12, 2020. Biro Pers Sekretariat Presiden President Joko Widodo (left) holds a bilateral meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (right), crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces in Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi on January 12, 2020.

The floating solar power plant is eco-friendly construction as it refers to the Paris Agreement, a legally binding treaty within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This oversees the effective reduction of carbon dioxide emissions which takes effect in 2020. The Agreement was made during the 2015 UNFCCC in Paris.

“We have the Paris Agreement which requires us to reduce carbon emissions. The floating power plant is the first-ever eco-friendly one [in Indonesia],” said Setiawan.

“We already have solar power plants on land, but it’s our first time to build the floating one. So, we will not only have a solar power plant, but we also save our environment,” he added.

The West Java Regional Government is committed to building an eco-friendly environment to achieve “Green Growth in West Java.”

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