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Indonesia accelerates floating solar generation projects

August 11, 2021

IHS Markit: 

The prospects for a blossoming of floating solar generation capacity in Indonesia accelerated over the past couple of weeks, including construction starting on the nation’s biggest facility to date and the unveiling of plans for a project over 10 times the current recordholder’s size.

Such developments are representative of a wider flowering of floating solar prospects across the globe since the start of 2021, especially in Asia, IHS Markit Senior Research Analyst Christine Beadle told Net-Zero Business Daily.

In Indonesia, floating solar is set to form part of a wider, technology-agnostic push into renewables, as the world’s largest coal exporter seeks to expand its generation fleet to meet the growing electricity needs of about 270 million people. Indonesia has the world’s fourth-largest population.

State-owned utility monopoly Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) began construction on a 145-MW floating solar facility in the first week of August. The project is expected to begin commercial operations in November 2022, it said 3 August.

[Keiron Greenhalgh ] 

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