On Thursday, October 27, Jawa Power inaugurated the largest solar PhotoVoltaic (PV) power plant in East Java. The rooftop plant has a capacity of 51 Kilowatt peak (kWp) and was built in the residential area for Jawa Power-YTL employees in Paiton, Probolinggo. Krakatau Steel CEO KS Sukandar said the project was the final implementation of series of strategic moves conducted by the company to expand the company's production capacity, as well as its market share.
The solar PV, being the largest solar PV plant installed in East Java, was designed by Jawa Power in partnership with the German international development institution GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) as part of a programme called the “Promotion of Least Cost Renewable Energy“ (LCORE-INDO), which is implemented by GIZ on behalf of Germany, the Indonesian Directorate of Conservation and Renewable Energy (EBTKE), and the Indonesian Department of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM).
The main purpose of this project is to reduce electricity consumption from the PLN grid during the daytime whilst contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The system has been designed to operate without the use of a battery in order to minimize maintenance cost. Having been in operation since September 21, 2016, the Solar-PV has been constantly supplying around 40% of the daytime electricity demand of the residential area – saving roughly Rp 120 million in costs while reducing CO2 emissions by about 80 tons per year.
Wichard von Harrach, President Director of Jawa Power, took great pride in its CSR program, saying in his inauguration speech that he was “aiming to show people that environmentally friendly energy sources are just around us and it does not take much efforts to take advantage from it. We want to show that this is possible and just roll it out!“
Dr. Rudolf Rauch, the programme director of the Energy Programme Indonesia/ASEAN added that the project was only the start for more solar power plants to come. “We are very proud that we finally brought solar power, the most environmentally friendly source of power with the lowest grade of emissions, to East Jawa,“ Dr. Rauch added.
Jawa Power-YTL already earned nine Indonesia Green Awards and received two gold awards this year at the 8th Annual Global CSR Summit and Awards for its continuing development of renewable and alternative energy and public education programs. Within its CSR programs, Jawa Power has also developed alternative and renewable energy systems such as domestic biogas and micro-hydro power plants and solar powered street lights.