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Indonesian government pushes green agenda with 50MW solar power plant for new capital

The Indonesian government remains steadfast in its commitment to establishing an eco-friendly National Capital City (IKN), focusing on sustainable practices. A pivotal step in this direction involves the implementation of Solar Power Plants (PLTS) with a substantial 50-megawatt (MW) capacity.

This solar facility is slated for construction on a 100-hectare expanse in the Sepaku District, North Penajam Paser Regency, East Kalimantan. Envisioned to contribute 10% of the electricity requirements for IKN Nusantara, the PLTS represents a significant leap toward a greener metropolis.

Arifin, in a press conference highlighting the Energy and Mineral Resources sector’s accomplishments, shared key details about the project’s timeline. “For the Green City project for IKN, it has been implemented, including PLTS 10 MW with Commercial Operations Rate (COD) next month in 2024, then also PLTS 40 MW will be COD in the middle of 2024,” he affirmed.

This 50 MW PLTS aligns with the government’s broader strategy to bolster new and renewable energy (EBT) within IKN Nusantara. The overarching goal is to ensure that 80% of the capital’s total electricity needs are met through EBT sources by 2045.

As part of the infrastructure development, a 50 MW capacity substation will accompany the PLTS construction, serving as a reliable source of electricity during the plant’s implementation.

“Then a 50 MW substation and transmission will also be installed to facilitate the impact of production from the PLTS,” Arifin explained.

In addition to solar power, the government has outlined plans to incorporate natural gas into the energy mix for IKN. The approval of the IKN Natural Gas Commercial Scheme, endorsed by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and Pertamina Group, marks another significant stride toward a sustainable and energy-diverse future for the new capital.

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