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Jakarta Post

Sustainable power supply key to better electrification

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 11 2018   /  02:19 am

The government may take pride in talking about achieving almost 100 percent electrification across the country, but questions over its sustainability linger as many power plants are often neglected, especially in remote regions.

A case in point is three small islands in Karimunjawa Islands in Jepara, Central Java, that each count on diesel-powered electricity plants, even though the local administrations installed renewable energy-powered plants years ago.

For many years, about 600 households on the three islands, namely Parang, Genting and Nyamuk, have been able to depend on only six hours of electricity per day from the three diesel-powered plants, each of which has a capacity of 600 watt-hour per day.

The power supply is only sufficient for small utilities, such as lights.

Karimunjawa Islands village leader Saptwagus Karnanejeng Ramadi said the regency lon...