JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia’s state oil and gas company Pertamina will increase the use of solar roofs at its gas stations in a bid to support the national strategy for energy transformation and reduce electricity costs.
The installation of the solar roof will be conducted by one of the company’s sub-holdings, Pertamina NRE.
“Pertamina supports the efforts to achieve net-zero emissions,” said Pertamina NRE chief executive officer Dannif Danusaputro in a statement on Tuesday, September 14.
Dannif said Pertamina has set a target of installing the solar roof at 5,000 gas stations, which has the potential to save electricity costs of up to four billion rupiahs ($280,000) annually. He went on to say that the potential savings would be achieved following the installation of the solar roof at 5,000 gas stations with a capacity of 5 kilowatts peak (kWp). Each gas station owner could save up to a million rupiahs ($70) per month or 12 million rupiahs ($840) annually.
“The installation of the solar roof at 5,000 gas stations is expected to reduce emissions by 34,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year,” he said.
“With the development of technology and increasing economies of scale, it is projected that the cost of installing solar roof will be competitive compared to fossil fuel-based power,” said Dannif.
He called on gas station owners to use solar panels because their operation and maintenance are relatively easy.
“The HSSE [health, safety, security, and environmental] aspect is a top priority in Pertamina so that the construction process of solar power is safe,” he said.
(Writer: Rully R. Ramli | Editor: Bambang P. Jatmiko)