ESDM, Indonesia Receives Solar PV Laboratory Equipment Grant From The Swiss Government


The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources through the ESDM Human Resources Development Agency received a package of grants for Solar Photovoltaic Laboratory equipment from the Swiss Government through the Renewable Energy Skills Development (RESD) cooperation project funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO.


The signing of the Minutes of Handover (BAST) was carried out by Martin Stottele as the Project Leader of RESD and Susetyo Edi Prabowo as Head of the Center for Development of Human Resources for Electricity, New Energy, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (PPSDM KEBTKE). The laboratory equipment package consists of portable solar PV equipment, ground mount, and pole mount rooftop solar panel equipment, along with other supporting infrastructure.


The handover of this grant was carried out prior to the implementation of the Solar Power Plant (PLTS) Technician Training Program which will begin in 2023 PPSDM KEBTKE to prepare workers in the solar PV field in Indonesia. “PPSDM KEBTKE as a training center for new energy, renewable energy, and energy conservation is committed to supporting the Government of Indonesia’s program towards clean and sustainable energy, especially from the aspect of availability of a competent workforce with technical capabilities according to industry needs,” said Susetyo in his remarks.

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Meanwhile, Martin Stottele, Project Leader of RESD expressed his support for the development of energy transition human resources. “We hope that the renewable energy laboratory equipment at PPSDM KEBTKE can improve the quality of learning for trainees who take part in the PLTS Technician Training Program so that they are able to produce superior, competitive seeds and meet the need for competent and reliable personnel for the renewable energy industry in Indonesia.”


Apart from PPSDM KEBTKE, continued Martin, the RESD project also involved four Vocational and Productivity Training Centers under the Ministry of Manpower (BPVP Ambon, BPVP Banda Aceh, BPVP East Lombok, and BPVP Ternate).

For your information, RESD is development cooperation between the Government of Indonesia through BPSDM ESDM) and the Government of Switzerland through the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO which aims to create a competent workforce in the fields of planning, design, construction and installation, inspection and commissioning, supervision, operation, and maintenance of Solar Power Plants (PLTS), solar-diesel hybrid power plants, and Hydroelectric Power Plants (PLTA) through (1) the creation of a one-year D4 program specializing in renewable energy (semesters 7 and 8) at 5 pilot polytechnics in Indonesia; 2) launching of training programs on renewable energy in 5 job training institutions, and 3) strengthening the exchange of information and communication in the renewable energy sector.

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The RESD project lasts for 5 years, from 2020 to 2025, and involves the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia as project stakeholder and also other strategic ministries/institutions including the Directorate General of Vocational Studies, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, the Ministry of Manpower, the National Certification Agency Profession, and the National Development Planning Agency. (KO)

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