Indonesia begins construction of the world’s largest floating solar facility in Southeast Asia


After national power provider Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and Masdar of the United Arab Emirates agreed on finance for the project on Tuesday, Indonesia will begin construction on a 145 megawatt (MW) floating solar power plant, the biggest in Southeast Asia (Aug 3).
Indonesia plans to get 23% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. The government has stated that by shifting away from coal, the country would achieve net-zero emissions by 2060.
In an online briefing on Tuesday, PLN chief executive Zulkifli Zaini said, “By getting financial backing for this project, we can immediately start the building stage.”
“With the cooperation of all stakeholders, we are hopeful that this ecologically beneficial project will be able to begin commercial operations on time,” he said.
The Cirata floating photovoltaic power project in West Java, a joint venture between PLN and Masdar, is planned to be the biggest of its kind in Southeast Asia when it begins commercial operation in November 2022. In a separate statement on Tuesday, Masdar said that the project was financed by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp, Societe Generale, and Standard Chartered Bank.
The project is now being built, according to the statement.
PLN has announced that it will begin to phase out its coal-fired power facilities, which presently fulfill about 60% of Indonesia’s energy needs.


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