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Indonesia’s huge solar power potential still going to waste

  • Fabby Tumiwa and Marlistya Citraningrum

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Thu, April 8 2021   /  02:40 pm
The 600 kWp solar power plant at Gili Trawangan island in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on Wednesday (12/2).(PLN/PLN)

Renewables have proven their resilience amid the pandemic. The International Energy Agency (IEA) recorded an all-time high of added renewable energy capacity in the first half of 2020, with 30 gigawatts of the total 50 GW coming from solar. Vietnam is the new solar celebrity, after a long dependence on coal. An apparent energy crisis, technological advancement in solar photovoltaic, the declining price of solar power and the climate crisis have created a turning point in Vietnam. At the end of 2020, after growing 2,400 percent within a year, solar installations in Vietnam produced 16.5 GW of electricity, which compares to virtually none in 2017. Indonesia pales in comparison. If examples from European or Middle Eastern countries are often perceived as less relevant to the Indonesian context – Vietnam's success should be cherished. A fellow Southeast Asian country has succ...