Bantul`s wind farm expected to supply 50 MWs of electricity

Bantul (ANTARA News) - The wind power plant to be developed in Bantul district, Yogyakarta, will supply households with 50 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity, an official said.

"The wind power plant will generate 50 megawatts of electricity. As it is green energy, the plan will be a stepping stone towards green energy development in Indonesia," Head of the Regional Development and Planning Board (Bappeda) of Bantul Tri Saktiyana said here on Tuesday.

The local administration of Bantul is planning to build some 20 to 25 wind turbines in the southern coast of the district.

The wind turbines will stand 100 meters tall and will be scattered across a 10-kilometer stretch along the coastal area, from Samas Beach to Baru Pandansimo Beach.

As the turbines will be spaced 100 meters apart, the areas between them will not be closed for public activity. They can be used to boost peoples economy, such as through farming and trading, Saktiyana pointed out.

In addition to improving the economy of local people, the wind farm will be able to promote tourism in the southern coast of Bantul.

"People go to the Netherlands to visit its famous windmills. The wind power plant (in Bantul) might become renowned too," Saktiyana remarked.

The district administration of Bantul will commence the development of the wind farm soon as the initiative is supported by the governments "35,000 megawatts for Indonesia" program.

Moreover, local investor UPC Jogjakarta Bayu was said to be developing the wind farm.

Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Minister Sudirman Said noted that the governments program to build power plants with a total capacity of 35,000MW will create jobs for 650,000 workers.

The project inaugurated by President Joko Widodo in Pantai Gua Cemara, Bantul district, Yogyakarta on Monday will also provide non-permanent jobs to three million people.

It is expected to catch up with the fast-growing power requirement in the country by 2019.

The power plants will be established in 210 locations in Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and other areas in eastern Indonesia.

The project will cost some Rp1,100 trillion, Sudirman revealed.

(Reporting by Heri Sidik/Uu.A059/INE/KR-BSR/A014)