Central Java increases use of renewable energy

Central Java increases use of renewable energy

Workers are active in the PT Geo Dipa Energy Geothermal Power Plant (PLTP) installation area in the Dieng plateau, Banjarnegara, Central Java, (ANTARA PHOTO/ANIS EFIZUDIN)

Semarang, C Java, (ANTARA News) - The Central Java provincial government continues to increase the utilization of new and renewable energy by cooperating with various related parties.

"We are attempting to improve the use of alternative energy through tapping the potential of biogas, biomass, and swamp gas energy," Central Java Deputy Governor Taj Yasin Maimoen remarked here on Friday.

He said the local government develops rural electricity through alternative energy-based power plants and organizes independent energy village competitions and saves water energy.

The Central Java deputy governor, better known as Gus Yasin, explained that the energy mix in the province in 2017 for new and renewable energy was recorded at 9.56 percent and in accordance with the National Energy General Plan, and the proportion of new and renewable energy in the energy mix will then be increased.

"In 2018, it is targeted at 10.31 percent, while in 2025, it will reach 21.32 percent, and by 28.82 percent in 2050," he stated.

Other efforts to develop new and renewable energy while supporting the increase in the electrification ratio are the construction of the "Solar Home System" Solar Power Plant (PLTS SHS), which is also a solution to meeting the electrical energy needs for household lighting, especially in remote areas that are difficult to reach.

The construction of 488 units of PLTS SHS in Central Java had been implemented from 2013 to 2017, with an installed capacity of 24.4 kilowattpeak, while in 2018, there are 87 units of PLTS SHS in the districts of Jepara, Klateny, and Semarang.

"We also develop new and renewable energy through the construction of 75 units of biogas demonstration plots in Central Java in the 2013-2017 period, while in 2018, a total of 10 units of biogas demonstration plots are being built in Semarang, Boyolali, Karanganyar, Wonogiri and Klaten districts," Maimoen noted.

He stated that in 2017, a swamp gas demonstration plot was also built in Rajek Village, Grobogan District, with 22 beneficiaries.

Reporting by Wisnu Adhi Nugroho
Editing by Otniel Tamindael