Indonesia has now launched the largest floating solar farm in South East Asia with a capacity of 192 Megawatt peak (MWp). It was made on a reservoir in West Java province. Indonesian President Joko Widodo inaugurated the renewable energy farm. The floating solar aimed to boost the generation of green energy in the Southeast region.
Masdar, one of the partners in developing the floating solar plant in the country said that the plant can offset 214000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year due to the generation of solar power and could power around 50,000 houses with the renewable energy it can produce. Masdar said that the Cirata floating solar power project marked its venture in the Southeast Asian renewable energy market.
Masadar partnered with PLN Nusantara Power, an Indonesian power plant company to develop this floating solar power project. The project is spread in an area of around nine hectares. The project was developed with a total investment of around Rs USD 108.70 million. Indonesia is meanwhile planning to even planning to expand the capacity of the floating solar plant upto 500 MWp.
Indonesia meanwhile has been working towards boosting its share of renewable in its energy mix. It has already committed to ensure 23 percent of its total energy comes from renewable sources by 2025. It also plans to go net-zero by 2060.
President Widodo during the inauguration of the floating solar termed the day as historic for the Southeast Asian country. While this project is projected as the largest in Southeast Asia, it is said to be the third largest project in the world.
The Asian country currently relies heavily on fossil fuels and renewable sources contribute very less in the total energy mix in the country.