ASIATODAY.ID, JAKARTA – The operation of the Cirata Floating Solar photovoltaic (PV) Power Plant, Purwakarta, West Java, will be able to reduce carbon emissions by 214 thousand tons of CO2 per year.
This is because the State Electricity Company (PLN) has developed a green enabling transmission line and smart grid which is part of the ARED (Accelerating Renewable Energy Development) scheme at the Cirata Floating solar power plant.
With this, the Cirata Floating solar power plant, which is the largest solar power plant in Southeast Asia and number three in the world, is able to supply electricity from separate and isolated new and renewable energy sources to urban electricity demand centers.
“The electricity from the Cirata Floating solar power plant is 20 kilovolts (kV) which we then connect to the main substation, which is then converted to 150 kV and goes directly into the Java-Bali transmission. This means that this will be consumed by both households and by industry,” said PLN President Director Darmawan Prasodjo, in a written statement, Monday (13/11/2023).
Darmawan emphasized that PLN is committed to continuing to accelerate the energy transition in Indonesia by increasing the renewable energy mix to 75 percent or the equivalent of 61 GW by 2040.
Through ARED, the party is targeting a significant increase in the renewable energy mix into the PLN system, namely 25.3 GW of water, 6.7 GW of geothermal, and 28 GW of solar and wind.
“This energy transition is very important for Indonesia to maintain the momentum of rapid economic development, accelerate growth, build national capacity, create more jobs and at the same time, protect the environment,” said Darmawan.
The Cirata Floating solar power plant is a national strategic project (PSN) resulting from collaboration between two countries, namely Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates, involving PLN Nusantara Power and Masdar Subholding.
Built on the water surface of the Cirata reservoir, this 200 hectare solar power plant is capable of producing green energy with a capacity of 192 megawatt peak (MWp) to supply electricity for 50 thousand homes.
Seeing that the area of the Cirata Reservoir is more than 6,200 hectares, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Arifin Tasrif, is optimistic that the production capacity of the Cirata Floating Solar Power Plant can still be optimized to 1.2 Gigawatt peak (GWp).
“The capacity of the Cirata floating solar power plant can still be developed even further, with a maximum total potential of around 1.2 GWp if it utilizes 20 percent of the total area of the Cirata reservoir,” explained Arifin.
PLN Nusantara Power (NP) President Director Rully Firmansyah detailed that the 193 MWp Cirata Floating solar power plant can supply electricity to 50 thousand homes assuming 15 kwh/day per home. Apart from that, it will contribute to reducing carbon emissions by 586.3 tons per day.
“So, in one year we will reduce carbon emissions by 214 thousand tons per year. This is our commitment to distribute green electricity to the community in a sustainable manner,” he said. (AT Network)
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