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Govt to install solar panels on roofs of 800 public buildings this year

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, February 6, 2020   /  12:56 pm
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Mobile and green: A mobile food vendor uses solar panels at the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, in August 2019.(The Jakarta Post/Riska Rahman)

The government plans to install rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on at least 800 public buildings across the country this year as it steps up its renewable energy push to lessen reliance on fossil fuels. The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has allocated Rp 175 billion (US$12.76 million) to install the solar PV panels on, among others, boarding schools, clinics, orphanages, government offices and police stations in 17 provinces. All of the buildings are owned by regional administrations, which are to cover the panels’ maintenance costs. “We need to show these administrations that solar panels are worth it,” the program’s head, Puspa Dewi, who is also the energy ministry’s renewables infrastructure director, said in Jakarta on Wednesday. She said the allocated funds would not include the cost of the batteries for the PV panels because of b...