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Govt wants to generate 1 GW of rooftop solar power in 3 years

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 29, 2018   /   04:02 pm
Govt wants to generate 1 GW of rooftop solar power in 3 years Residents on Maratua Island in East Kalimantan use a combination of solar energy and wind power to generate electricity. (JP/Syafrizaldi)

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s renewable energy director general, Rida Mulyana, said on Wednesday that the government expected rooftop photovoltaic solar panels to produce 1 gigawatt (GW) of electricity nationwide within three years.

On Nov. 16, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan issued Ministerial Regulation No 29/2018 on the use of electricity produced through roof photovoltaic solar panels for customers of state-owned electricity company PLN.

“All PLN customers -- households, manufacturers and commerce -- could install rooftop solar panels. The final goal is energy conservation,” said Rida, as quoted by kompas.com, adding that the regulation aimed to encourage people to install solar panels.

Ministry data show that the number of PLN customers who have installed rooftop solar panels has increased 64 percent in the last 10 months.

Rida said the installation of rooftop solar panels could reduce a household’s monthly electricity bill by 30 percent. He confirmed that PLN would offset electricity a household produced with a rooftop system in excess of its own consumption from that household’s electricity bill in the following month.

“At the very least, it can reduce the electricity bills of households by 30 percent,” he added. (bbn)