Gov’t Commits to Providing Green Energy in IKN
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Thursday (11/02) commenced the groundbreaking ceremony of a solar power plant in the Nusantara Capital (IKN), North Penajam Paser regency, East Kalimantan province.
The President stated that the 50-megawatt infrastructure is the pioneer of renewable energy plants in IKN and a tangible form of the Government’s commitment to providing green energy.
“This solar power plant shows the Government’s commitment to providing a reliable, environmentally friendly electricity system to fulfill the electricity needs in IKN. The use of renewable energy in IKN is in line with the development concept of IKN, which is a state capital with a forest city concept, one that is green and environmentally friendly,” he said.
The President also said that this infrastructure will later reduce 104,000 tons of carbon emissions annually.
“This solar power plant will produce green energy of around 93 gigawatt/hour per year and reduce emissions by 104,000 tons of CO2 per year,” the President said.
The President also ordered President Director of the State Electricity Company (PLN) Darmawan Prasojo to install the cable underground.
“Earlier, the President Director said, ‘Sir, the capacity can still be increased if it is still needed.’ It’s okay to take it gradually. It is most important to fulfill the [electricity] demand,” the President added.
In addition, the President added, the President Director of PLN also stated that PLN will make use of the hydro energy potential such as the rivers or lakes around IKN for the electricity system.
“Thus, the electricity system in IKN will be based on renewable energy. That way, we will not only be able to produce reliable electricity, but also clean electricity that will not harm the environment,” he said. (KS/UN) (FI/LW)