Indonesia launches $108m Cirata floating solar plant

Aerial image of solar panels at Cirata floating solar power plant in Indonesia
Cirata floating solar power plant in Indonesia (Image: Shutterstock)

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has inaugurated the 192MWp Cirata floating solar power plant on a reservoir in West Java province, Reuters reported.

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The 1.7 trillion rupiah (AUD$170,245,509 million) project was developed by PLN Nusantara Power, a unit of Indonesia’s state utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and United Arab Emirates renewable energy company Masdar.

The plant is the third largest floating solar plant in the world and could be expanded up to 1,000MWp, PLN CEO Darmawan Prasodjo said, with the 13 arrays installed so far only occupying 4% of the reservoir’s surface area.

Regulations permit up to 20% of the reservoir’s area to be utilised by the solar plant, and  discussions are reportedly underway with Mubadala for the next phase of the project.

“This is just the beginning. The president instructed us to maintain the momentum so that renewable energy development could be escalated,” Darmawan told Reuters.

The electricity produced will meet the needs of 50,000 Indonesian households.

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The project secured funding from international financial institutions including the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Société Générale and Standard Chartered.

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