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More Openings for Renewables Seen in Indonesian Power Markets


The developer of Indonesia’s first commercial-scale wind farm says conditions for renewable energy investors are better now than ever before, but more work is still needed for the country to achieve its wind energy targets.

A woman takes pictures of wind power plant propeller blades in Sidenreng Rappang, Sulawesi Island of Indonesia, January 15, 2018. Antara Foto/Yusran Uccang via REUTERS

Historically, the prospects of getting commercial projects up and running in Indonesia’s renewable energy sector were bleak, with the government and state power utility lacking expertise and offering little support.

But over the past three years, technology costs have come down and the government has become more supportive, said Soeripno Martosaputro, project development manager for UPC Renewables Indonesia.

UPC is developing the archipelago’s first wind farm at Sidrap on the island of Sulawesi. The 75-megawatt (MW) site is expected to be operational next month, said Soeripno.

“It was super-duper hard to get a power purchase agreement,” said Soeripno, referring to pricing agreements between independent power operators and the country’s sole power off-taker, state-owned utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN)[PLNEG.UL].

“It used to be take it or leave it. Now there is dialogue,” said Soeripno, “It’s much, much better.”

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