The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) continues to be committed to realizing energy infrastructure development throughout the country using the State Budget (APBN) whose benefits are felt directly by the people. One of them is through the construction of Solar Public Street Lighting infrastructure (PJU-TS) and installation of Rooftop Solar Power Plants (PLTS) for government buildings and houses of worship which are realized in Southwest Papua Province.
This was conveyed by the Director of Planning and Development of EBTKE Infrastructure at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Hendra Iswahyudi, at the inauguration and symbolic handover of PJU-TS and Roof PLTS for Southwest Papua Province which took place in Sorong City, Southwest Papua.
Hendra revealed, apart from providing information to the public, this program is one of the Government’s efforts to optimize the utilization of renewable energy sources. “The government is currently focusing on developing renewable energy. We are very committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the Net Zero emission program in 2060 or sooner,” said Hendra.
Moreover, as the electricity rate adjustment policy has been implemented in the third quarter of 2022 for the household group with a capacity of 3,500 VA or more and the Government group, including the Public Street Lighting (P3) tariff group. “This is a very clear solution, apart from renewable energy, it can also help local governments reduce the burden of spending on street lighting taxes,” said Hendra.
In 2022, for Southwest Papua Province, 195 units of PJU-TS have been built in 6 districts/cities, namely Sorong City 55 units, Sorong Regency 25 units, South Sorong Regency 35 units, Raja Ampat Regency 25 units, Tambrauw Regency 25 units, and Maybrat Regency 30 units.
In addition, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is also realizing the construction of PLTS Rooftops for the 2022 Fiscal Year from the aspirations of Member of Commission VII DPR RI, Rico Sia, for Southwest Papua Province as many as 2 units of Rooftop PLTS for houses of worship with a total capacity of 10 kWp. The locations are at the Al-Islah Mosque in Sorong City and the Santo Bernardus Aimas Church in Sorong Regency.
Hendra hopes that this energy infrastructure can provide benefits to the community. He also appealed to the community so that the PJUTS that have been built can be further maintained so that the benefits can be felt for a longer time for the community.
On the same occasion, Member of Commission VII DPR RI Rico Sia, said that the construction and assistance of energy infrastructure is a form of synergy between the Central Government, cq the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, and the DPR RI in channeling the APBN budget for community and regional welfare.
“Of course, this can help the regional government to save on regional expenses. It is also up to the community to take good care of this assistance because it is very helpful, especially for information and security,” said Rico.
Meanwhile, the Acting (Pj) Regional Secretary for Southwest Papua, Edison Siagian said that the challenge for infrastructure development is a matter of maintenance so that it can continue to be used in the future. He also revealed that the local government supports the efforts made to provide access to energy for the community that comes from renewable energy.
“Of course we, from the Southwest Papua Provincial Government, will also focus on supporting the energy transition, to switch from fossil energy and in the future replace it with existing renewable energy sources,” concluded Edison.
For information, the PJU-TS installation program has been carried out by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources since 2015 and has succeeded in installing 111,233 PJU-TS points throughout Indonesia. In total, this amount is equivalent to lighting 5,562 km of roads. In 2022, a total of 20,546 PJU-TS have been built, or the equivalent of lighting 1,027 km of roads, which are spread across Indonesia, and the construction of 148 rooftops PLTS units with a total capacity of 2.92 MWp.