NGO calls for large-scale solar cell project

NGO calls for large-scale solar cell project

JAKARTA - Institute for Essential Service Reform (IESR) executive director Fabby Tumiwa is calling on the government to make a large-scale solar cell power project to reduce energy costs.

"The cost of solar-powered energy has dropped in recent years. The problem in Indonesia is the existing regulations don't make it easier for such a low-cost energy source to be implemented. We should make a large-scale project, for example a massive 50x10 MW solar panel project. It would reduce the costs," he told reporters on the sidelines of a nuclear energy event on Sunday.

The expert further said the government could look at China's experiences, in which it had managed to build a 2,000-megawatt solar thermal power plant.

China is known as the world leader in producing photovoltaic panels, solar-powered energy sources that are often installed on residential rooftops.

Fabby said that in Brazil, solar-powered energy only costs US 9 cents per kWh and the recent Jordanian solar power plant project costs 6.5 cents per kWh.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry previously stated that it would increase its budgetary allocations for the development of the renewable energy in the coming years to support its programs to reduce Indonesia's reliance on fossil fuels.

The ministry also said it would propose Rp 25 trillion ($1.9 billion) worth of budgetary allocations next year, Rp 10 trillion of which would be spent on renewable energy development.

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