"The Dutch investors plan to come and observe the existing potentials in August," Chief of the West Sumatra Investment and Integrated One-Stop Service Office Maswar Dedi said in Padang on Wednesday (June 12).
The renewable energy potentials that attract Dutch investors include energy from waste treatment units at several landfills in the province, he said.
The Dutch expressed interest in investing in renewable energy projects when the West Sumatra delegation took part in the Tong-Tong Festival held in the Netherlands in May this year, he said.
"We took a chance to promote the province's potentials during a business meeting in the Netherlands and received positive responses," he said.
The waste treatment projects to produce renewable energy also benefits the province, since the waste will be managed properly. In fact, the waste management can create jobs, he said.
To date, almost all districts and municipalities in West Sumatra have their own landfills. In addition, there are also two regional landfills to accommodate garbage. However, none of them has had the equipment to produce renewable energy, he said.
Chief of the West Sumatra Environment Office Siti Aisyah earlier said several investors had expressed much interest in processing waste into energy. However, none of them had put in place their investment plans because the daily volume of garbage was not enough to be converted into energy.