merdeka.com – The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) continues to boost up the use of renewable energy in order to achieve the energy mix target as much as 23 percent in 2025. This government program is now supported by an international non-profit development organization, Hivos.
Hivos will collaborate with various partners to implement the TERANG project (Investing in Renewable Energy for Rural, Remote Communities) in terms of renewable energy procurement.
Currently, Hivos has been providing electricity access to 5,079 households using renewable energy, 25 schools with renewable energy using 60.68 KW of solar PV. At the end of 2017, the TERANG project has provided electricity access for 26 districts in East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara and South Sulawesi.
“And the electrification ratio of the Sumba Iconic Island in East Nusa Tenggara increased from 24.5% in 2010 become to 42,67% in 2017,” expressed the Hivos’ Program Coordinator, Robert de Groot in Jakarta, Wednesday (24/1).
He emphasized the importance of developing new renewable energy in an effort to expand the accessibility of electricity by the people.
As of December 2017, Indonesia reached 94.91 percent of the electrification ratio, where almost all regions from Aceh to Sulawesi had an electrification ratio above the average of 70 percent. While in East Nusa Tenggara the electrification ratio only reached 60.74 percent and the electrification ration in Papua is 60.74 percent.
“Collaboration projects such as TERANG project play an important role in extending the coverage of the off-grid renewable energy, reaching out to communities in remote villages, and improving their livelihoods through the use of renewable energy,” he concluded.