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Solar panels too pricey? Consider leasing rooftop instead

  • Istu Septania

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 4 2019   /  02:54 am

Power of the sun: Solar cells are installed on the rooftop of the Plaza Indonesia shopping mall in Central Jakarta. (Courtesy of Xurya)Building solar energy generators remains unappealing for entrepreneurs and the public alike because of the high upfront investment. Some businesses are making a breakthrough, leasing their rooftops for solar panels.In its Indonesia Energy Outlook 2018 report, the Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) had a chilling word or warning: Unless the country reduces its dependence on nonrenewable energy, it will face a power crisis in as little as a decade. A net importer of oil since 2004, Indonesia could become a net importer of other energy sources as well. The agency predicts the country may become a net importer of natural gas by 2028 and coal by 2038.“Indonesia will still produce oil and coal, but it has to import to meet demand,” s...