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Residents in remote areas to receive solar electricity: Minister

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 26, 2017   /  03:36 pm
Residents in remote areas to receive solar electricity: Minister President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (right) inspects the Daruba solar photovoltaic power plant in Juanga village, South Morotai, Maluku. (Antara/Yudhi Mahatma)

The government says it will develop solar energy for communities in remote regions that will not have a wired electricity network installed in their area.

Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan said on Thursday the government would install at least 450,000 home solar system for remote areas within the next two years.

“With the system, each house can install four lamps,” said Jonan in Jakarta on Thursday as reported by tribunnews.com, adding that several electric plugs could also be installed to charge cellular phones.

(Read also: Indonesia looks to UAE for cheaper renewable energy)

He said 2,500 villages were currently not on the country’s wired electricity grid.

Once a home solar system was fully charged, the electricity stored could be sustained for about 72 hours, he explained, adding that villagers in a number of provinces had already received the program.

He said during National Press Day in Ambon, Maluku, on Feb. 9, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo would symbolically hand over the home solar systems to a number of Maluku residents.

“I will come to the event to accompany the President, who will symbolically hand over the home solar systems to the people of Maluku, he added. (bbn)

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