Cirata floating solar power plant targeted for completion by end of October

Jakarta – The construction of the floating solar power plant (PLTS) at Cirata Reservoir is targeted to be completed by the end of October. West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil claims the project will be the largest floating solar power plant in Southeast Asia.

Ridwan Kamil said that the floating solar power plant project is a collaboration between PLN and Masdar, a company from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with an investment value of Rp 1.7 trillion (USD 111 million). The project has a capacity of up to 145 Mega Watts (MW), with 9 hectares of solar panels floating in Cirata Reservoir.

Furthermore, Kamil said there are 900 local residents involved in the project, adding that 36% of electricity in West Java Province comes from a mix of renewable energy plants. While at the national level it only reached 13%.

According to him, electricity from hydropower, solar, wind, and geothermal will be prioritised in West Java, in order to fight the global warming crisis. Masdar became a partner of PLN through a tender system. The electricity price offered by Masdar in the Cirata floating solar power plant project will be quite low, at 5.8 USD cents per kWh. (Hartatik)

Banner photo: Cirata 145 MW Floating Solar Power Plant, the largest in Southeast Asia (Source: Investment Coordinating Board)

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