Indonesia recently announced its plan to build 250 solar power plants that will total 2.2MW by 2014 so that they can supply the country’s rural areas with electricity. The proposed project is expected to cost around $84 million.
“The electricity produced by the plants will benefit between 150,000 and 200,000 households in different parts of the country,” the ministry’s director general of electricity, Jacobus Purwono, told the Jakarta Globe yesterday.
Indonesia’s announcement comes on the heels of Japan’s $400 million loan to help the country deal with global warming. The proposed solar plants are part of Indonesia’s alternative energy plan, which outlines the installation of solar panels on 192,000 homes, building 570 small-scale hydroelectric plants and the construction of 270 wind farms. The Indonesian government looks forward to the solar project being part of their alternative energy plan since it will power villages, while reducing their CO2 emissions.
Businessgreen.com reported that the Indonesian government statistics show that only 65% of Indonesia’s 240 million citizens have access to electricity. Because the large population is distributed on over 17,000 islands, some of the villages, especially in the easternmost region, are not connected to the National Grid. With the new solar projects, the government hopes to connect more of its citizens to an electrical supply source.