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Jakarta Post

Solar energy touted as credible alternative

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Fri, October 28 2011   /  08:00 am

Hotels in Bali are being encouraged to shift to solar power as an alternative source of renewable energy to produce electricity for their daily operations.

Solar is a feasible alternative energy source in Bali, thanks to its hot climate, and hotels could make the most of this by purchasing their own solar panels, according to Sven Teske, a renewable energy expert from Greenpeace, who was speaking on the sidelines of an international forum on renewable energy.

“I stayed in a hotel and I looked at the roof, but didn’t see a single solar panel. Bali should have made this sunny climate as a renewable energy source.”

“Water heaters for showers that are electrically heated are very, very energy inefficient,” he added.

He said hotels simply did not use solar power because they were not aware of it as a viable option, adding that the main problems that hampe...