We've compiled an overview of some of the most recent interesting headlines related to the Indonesian solar industry. Tempo.co reported on Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan's latest statement on the government's resolve towards reaching 23% of renewables in the energy mix by 2025. Nikkei's Asian Review outlines and elaborates on the investment climate for renewables in Indonesia and the Southeast Asian region as a whole. The Jakarta Post published interesting articles on a new government decree to install at least 450,000 home solar systems in remote areas over the next two years; and Indonesia's gaze shifting towards the UAE for inspiration for its renewable energy programmes. PV Magazine wrote about the fascinating case of the Misool Eco Resort in Indonesia, which is in the process of establishign one of the largest hybrid microgrids in the region, using solar PV and battery storage.
Indonesia Poised to Achieve 23 Percent Energy Mix by 2025
TEMPO.CO - Indonesia is determined to reduce its use of conventional fossil fuels and continues to promote new and renewable sources of energy and increase share of renewables in its energy mix to 23 percent by 2025.
According to Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ignasius Jonan, the government is poised to achieve its target of increasing the share of renewables in its energy mix use by 23 percent for electricity and transportation in 2025.
"Indonesia is resolved to increasing its energy mix to 23 percent in 2025 in line with its commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions it had made during the COP 21 conference in Paris in 2015," Jonan stated on Wednesday (Jan 25).
Indonesia has planned to reduce its emissions by 26 percent by 2020 and 29 percent by 2030.
Southeast Asia needs investment in energy innovation
NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW - The last few years have been marked by spectacular advances for green energy generation. In 2015, $348 billion was invested in renewables, and total worldwide installed capacity overtook coal. In 2016, U.K. generation from wind was higher than coal for the first time. Meanwhile, the costs of solar power continued to tumble, with estimates suggesting a fall of at least 75% since 2008.
The dismaying reality is that the share of world energy generated from low-carbon primary sources has climbed by a single percentage point in the last 15 years, from 14% to 15%. All the talk of clean energy has made little difference. Many of the game-changing choices are still too hard and too expensive.
Over the next 10 years, non-hydro clean energy installations are forecast to double in Thailand, almost triple in the Philippines and grow by nearly nine times in Indonesia. But the share of the energy mix accounted for by coal is expected to expand over this shorter period as well.
Residents in remote areas to receive solar electricity: Minister
THE JAKARTA POST - The government says it will develop solar energy for communities in remote regions that will not have a wired electricity network installed in their area.
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan said on Thursday the government would install at least 450,000 home solar system for remote areas within the next two years.
“With the system, each house can install four lamps,” said Jonan in Jakarta on Thursday as reported by tribunnews.com, adding that several electric plugs could also be installed to charge cellular phones.
Indonesia-based Dive and Conservation Center to Create One of the Largest Hybrid Microgrids in the Region
PV MAGAZINE - Misool Eco Resort, a resort and conservation centre located in remote southern Raja Ampat, Indonesia, has awarded an implementation project contract to Singapore-based renewable energy microgrid service provider, Canopy Power Pte Ltd, and Berlin-based smart energy storage provider, QINOUS. This implementation will reduce annual diesel consumption by 55 percent by hybridizing the existing diesel microgrid with solar photovoltaic (PV) and Li-ion batteries. Once commissioned in Q2 2017, this will be one of the largest hybrid microgrids in Raja Ampat area. The microgrid is designed by Canopy Power Pte Ltd. Canopy Power will be responsible for constructing and commissioning the system. Canopy Power will also provide a remote monitoring support to Misool Eco Resort. The battery solution including the Site Controller and Microgrid Energy Management System with embedded remote monitoring system for this off grid energy system will come from QINOUS.
Indonesia looks to UAE for cheaper renewable energy
THE JAKARTA POST - Indonesia is looking to major oil exporter United Arab Emirates to try to push down its feed-in-tariff for renewable energy, which many deem too high in the archipelagic country.
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan said Indonesia should also be able to reduce the high prices in the sector in order to encourage further development, especially in remote regions.
“Many of my friends who work in the renewable energy sector ask whether or not incentives should be offered. I personally don’t think so. What is needed is enthusiasm for efficiency,” he said during the opening of the Indonesia Energy Roadmap seminar in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.