Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – RI was awarded with abundant New Renewable Energy (EBT), where solar energy is a ‘treasure’ with the greatest potential, reaching 207.8 Giga Watt (GW).
Even though now the cost of producing Solar Power Plants (PLTS) is getting here, the cheaper it is.
This was conveyed by the Director of Various New Energy and Renewable Energy, Directorate General of EBTKE, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Chrisnawan Anditya.
According to him, the use of renewable energy plants is getting here, the price of electricity is getting more competitive or cheaper. Especially for PLTS, generating capacity above 10 mega watts (MW) makes the price cheaper, which is in the range of US$ 5 cents per kilo Watt hour (kWh), a far cry from the price which was initially in the range of US$ 10 cents per kWh. .
“It used to be US$ 10 cents, now it has gone towards US$ 5 cents (per kWh) with the entry of Cirata, Bali at US$ 5.5 cents-US$ 5.9 cents,” he explained in the Indonesian Renewable Energy Society Talks (METI). ), Friday (07/23/2021).
Not only trying to make electricity prices from PLTS competitive, according to him, the government is also trying to encourage the use of local products. In order to encourage the domestic industry, the NRE market must be encouraged.
“The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources supports the industrialization of NRE until 2035. On the one hand, how can we reduce NRE to be competitive. Consideration that the industry will grow together,” he continued.
Previously, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Arifin Tasrif had said the same thing. According to him, Indonesia needs to create a significant and attractive market for investors, including in the upstream solar panel sector.
“We must be able to create a significant market that attracts investment in the upstream sector and we have quite a lot of raw materials from upstream, this will have other effects, including small-scale industries that can grow large and SMEs can participate,” he said in the Development discussion. Online Solar Industry, Friday (21/05/2021).
He admitted that currently there is still an issue of Domestic Component Level (TKDN) in the PLTS or solar panel industry. For this reason, his party will also try to improve regulations related to this matter.
“We have a problem at the Domestic Component Level (TKDN), the government supports TKDN, this is a sector that must be repaired together from the PLTS industry players,” he explained.
He said that in opening up this upstream opportunity, binding regulations are needed, so that investors can enter and Indonesia does not lag behind other countries whose solar power industry has developed.
“Why is ACWA Power a company in Saudi Arabia, Masdar, Mubadala (a company from the United Arab Emirates), why can they compete in the international market for PV mini-grid?
According to him, Indonesia has a huge market potential. If this market potential is utilized optimally, it will be able to create opportunities together.
“We have a large market, 30, 40, 50, how many tens maybe up to 100 GW can be used, we both create opportunities,” he explained.