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Jakarta Post

New rule downgrades rooftop solar as affordable energy alternative

  • Istu Septania

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 17 2019   /  02:54 am

Powered by the sun: Students and teachers observe a solar farm at SMP 9 state junior high school in Jakarta. The school is one of the few institutions that use the renewable source of energy in the capital city. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)A controversial regulation issued by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry causes eco-friendly solar panels to lose their competitive edge and perpetuates public dependence on the gas-guzzling and coal-burning state-owned utility company in powering their homes.Yohanes Bambang Sumaryo installed an on-grid photovoltaic (PV) system with a peak capacity of 1,000 watts on his roof five years ago. Figuring that he could save money by selling surplus electricity to PLN, he upgraded to a 6,000-watt system, which cost him about Rp 120 million (US$ 8,370).The chair of the Indonesia Rooftop Photovoltaic Users Association (PPLSA) knew it was a pricey investment, but...