In order to encourage the energy transition, PT Pertamina (Persero) provided assistance in installing a rooftop Solar Power Plant (PLTS) at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) with a total capacity of 326.25 kWp. The aid was symbolically inaugurated.
The inauguration was carried out by the Director of HR & Business Support of Pertamina New & Renewable Energy (Pertamina NRE), the Main Director of PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy Tbk, Pertamina VP Stakeholder Relations & Management and Pertamina CSR Manager together with UGM Vice Chancellor for Planning, Assets and Information Systems.
In his remarks, the Director of Human Resources and Business Support of Pertamina NRE, Said Reza Pahlevy said that the Rooftop PLTS assistance provided to UGM was Pertamina’s concrete action in accelerating the energy transition which was carried out not only in a business context but also in the form of social and environmental responsibility activities (TJSL). On this occasion, it was given to educational circles, one of which was UGM.
“As an energy company, Pertamina is committed to accelerating the energy transition. Pertamina is pushing for this goal in the TJSL program, one of which is PLTS assistance at UGM,” said Said.
The construction of the rooftop PLTS at UGM has gone through various stages until it finally started operating on August 25, 2023. Out of a total of 326.25 kWp, the PLTS is installed at seven points on the roof of the UGM Building, namely the Faculty of Cultural Sciences (71.25 kWp), Faculty of Law (39 .75 kWp), BA Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (82.5 kWp), BC Social and Political Sciences Faculty (45 kWp), JBIC Faculty of Forestry (20.25 kWp), IFFLC Faculty of Forestry (40.5 kWp), and Faculty of Geography (27 kWp).
With this installed capacity, carbon emissions that can be reduced in a year are approximately 309.7 tons of CO2 equivalent or equivalent to the carbon absorption capacity of 14,747 mature trees. In 2022, electricity production from the rooftop PLTS reached 169,689 kWh.
UGM Deputy Chancellor for Planning, Assets and Information Systems, Arief Setiawan Budi at the inauguration ceremony expressed his appreciation for the assistance provided by Pertamina which has contributed to efforts to fulfil clean energy within UGM.
“Alhamdulillah, as of September 2022, together with Pertamina, UGM has a PLTS with a capacity of 326 kWp. This is our first step in contributing to clean energy on campus,” said Arief.
Arief added that developing PLTS on campus must be continued considering the electricity consumption of buildings at UGM is very large. It is recorded that in a year electricity consumption at UGM reaches 25.63 GWh or an average of 2.1 GWh per month. Even though it has only contributed 1%, the PLTS assistance from Pertamina has become the first step for clean energy in the campus environment.
Pertamina’s VP of Corporate Communication, Fadjar Djoko Santoso said that efforts to accelerate the energy transition driven by Pertamina are in line with the 2060 Net Zero Emissions (NZE) target.
“Pertamina has a concrete strategy to support the aspirations of NZE 2060, namely by decarbonizing its business and building new, greener businesses. All of Pertamina’s business lines will jointly move towards this goal, including the TJSL program,” said Fadjar.
Pertamina’s support through the TJSL program in the environmental sector to use new, renewable energy in the education sector is in line with the sustainable development target (TPB) point 7 Clean and Affordable Energy, and point 13 Handling Climate Change, as well as a form of high commitment to implementing environmental, social and environmental aspects. governance (ESG) to every aspect of its business and operations.