The 200-hectare solar plant is expected to contribute to the Jawa-Bali power grid, leading the way for other critical renewables in Indonesia.
President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo inaugurated the Cirata Floating Solar Power Plant (PLTS) located in Purwakarta District, West Java on Thursday (09/11/2023). The Cirata solar plant, according to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, is the largest in Southeast Asia.
President Jokowi said during the event that it was a historic day for Indonesia as the country is well on its way to realizing one of its dreams: to have a large-scale renewable energy plant.
“And we built one of the largest floating solar power plants in Southeast Asia and number three in the world,” said Jokowi.
Following the inauguration, the Cirata power plant immediately began operation, feeding into the Java-Bali power grid.
Cirata is one example of a critical renewable energy project in Indonesia. It reflects the shift towards clean and sustainable energy sources to address climate change and environmental issues.
The project, which is included in the National Strategic Project (PSN), has a capacity of 145 MWac or the equivalent of 192 MWp and occupies a 200-hectare reservoir area.
At the inauguration, Acting West Java Governor Bey Machmudin accompanied President Jokowi, along with Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif. He was also joined by Minister of State-owned Enterprises Erick Thohir.
Renewable energy source
President Jokowi added that the Cirata solar plant can be maximized to 1,000 MWp.
“The hydropower could contribute to green energy. I am also happy and proud that the Cirata Floating Solar Power Plant has been completed. That’s the result of cooperation between the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Ministry of State-owned Enterprises, PLN, and Masdar from the UAE,” Jokowi said.
It is estimated that by 2025 this project will contribute 23 percent to Indonesia’s clean energy mix.
West Java is relatively progressive with regard to the utilization of renewable resources, as seen from the achievement of the share of new renewable energy in the province’s primary energy mix (25.81 percent in 2022) which exceeds the target of 20 percent in 2025.