Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government is committed to developing new and renewable energy-based power plants to meet power needs in the country, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has stated.
The president on Monday inaugurated a wind farm in Sindereng Rappang district, South Sulawesi province. The wind farm is the first of its kind in the country and the largest in Southeast Asia.
The wind farm has a total of 30 wind turbine generators (WTG) with each of them having a capacity of producing 2.5 megawatts of electricity. In total, the wind farm will produce 75 megawatts of electricity.
"It (the wind farm) will be developed not only in Sindereng Rappang district but also in Jeneponto district where the construction is now 80 percent completed. In addition, it is also being built in Tanah Laut district. We hope that a wind farm will soon be developed in Sukabumi district, West Java," the president was quoted as saying by deputy for protocol, press and media of the cabinet secretariat, Bey Machmudin, in a press statement released on Monday.
The president further said Indonesia has large potential to develop other new and renewable energy-based power plants including geothermal power plant, solar power plant and hydro power plant.
"Our geothermal energy has the potential to produce 29,000 megawatts of electricity. But we only have used it to produce less than 2,000 megawatts of electricity. This means that it makes up less than 10 percent," he said.
While in South Sulawesi, the president also inaugurated Punagaya thermal power plant with a capacity of 2x100 megawatts and Jeneponto thermal power plant with a capacity of 2x135 megawatts.
Reported by Agus Salim