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Indonesia begins construction of 145MW Cirata floating solar project

The Jakarta Post:

Indonesia officially kicked off on Thursday the development of the Rp 1.8 trillion (US$127.24 million) Cirata floating solar power plant in West Java, one of the national strategic projects (PSN), as the government aims to boost the contribution of renewables to the country’s energy mix.

PT PJB Masdar Solar Energi, a joint venture company between state-owned electricity firm PLN subsidiary Pembangkitan Jawa Bali and Abu Dhabi-based renewables firm Masdar, conducted the inauguration of the power plant.

The Cirata solar photovoltaic power plant would have a capacity of 50 megawatts (MW) in its first stage of development and would gradually be increased to 145 MW by 2022, PLN strategic procurement 1 director Sripeni Inten Cahyani said earlier in January. She also said PLN would pay 5.8 US cents per kilowatt hour (kwh) of the plant’s electricity.

Once fully operational, the project is projected to be Indonesia’s largest solar power plant and Southeast Asia’s largest floating power plant.

The power plant is also estimated to be able to power 50,000 houses, as well as reduce carbon dioxide emission by 200,000 tons annually upon its operation.

PLN mega project director Ikhsan Assad said the Cirata power plant would contribute to Indonesia’s target to have renewable energy account for 23 percent of the country’s energy mix. This year, PLN was able to increase the contribution of renewable energy to 13.6 percent despite the COVID-19 pandemic, he said. The figure was higher than 2019’s renewable energy contribution of 9.15 percent, according to data from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry.

[Riska Rahman]

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