Renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPA) driven by solar are set to take a significant chunk of the market in Southeast Asia over the next few years, according to panellists at the Solar and Off-Grid Renewables Southeast Asia (SORSEA) conference in Bangkok.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved two loans, adding up to US$1.1 billion, that will help strengthen and round out Indonesia’s energy sector — spurring growth within the country and increasing access to renewable-energy sources.
A nation made up of thousands of small islands should be a blessing to any off-grid renewable energy firm, but poor access to upfront financing makes Indonesia a tougher proposition than one would expect. To discuss the market, PV Tech caught up with Verania Andria, associate director, community renewable energy, Millennium Challenge Account Indonesia, which focuses on financing off-grid renewables in Indonesia with grant funding.
Andre E. Susanto, senior vice president and founder, PT Inovasi Dinamika Pratama, explains how the new regulation requires all renewable energy-based power plants to sell electricity at or below the state-owned utility PLN’s prevailing generation cost.
In an unprecedented move, the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has pushed through a rural electrification regulation. Andre Susanto, senior vice president and founder, PT Inovasi Dinamika Pratama, discusses how this regulation provides an opportunity for the private sector to engage in electrifying Indonesia's 12,000 villages currently without any access to electricity.