Inspenet, November 23, 2023.
Last Thursday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo presided over the inauguration of the largest floating solar energy plant in Southeast Asia, which extends over 250 hectares on the Cirata reservoir, located in the province of West Java.
“Today is a historic day because our great dream of building a large-scale renewable energy plant finally came true. We have managed to build the largest floating solar plant in Southeast Asia and the third largest in the world“Widodo declared during the connection ceremony to the electrical system.
Construction of the power plant was carried out by PowerChina Huadong Engineering Corporation Ltd. , a Chinese company. This project represented a collaboration between the state-owned electricity company PLN of Indonesia and the energy company Masdar of the United Arab Emirates, with a total investment of US$145 million.
Located on the Cirata reservoir, the plant is made up of more than 340,000 solar panels and has the capacity to generate 300 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year, with a peak capacity of 192 MW. This contribution complements the existing hydroelectric generation in the reservoir.
During the inauguration, President Widodo encouraged harnessing the potential of renewable energy as part of the country’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and achieve the goal of net zero emissions by 2060.
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