MEMR issues new regulation, lifting rooftop solar power installation capacity limit

Jakarta – The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR) issued a new regulation that changes the approach to limiting the installation capacity of rooftop solar power plants. Limitation will no longer based on PLN’s installed power but on quota availability of PLN.

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Regulation Number 2 of 2024 concerning Rooftop Solar Power Plants Connected to the Electricity Network of Holders of Electricity Supply Business License for Public Interest (IUPTLU) was stipulated to increase the implementation of Rooftop Solar Power Plants (PLTS) in Indonesia.

Acting Director General of New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Jisman P Hutajulu, while delivering a speech at the Socialization of Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Regulation Number 2 of 2024, said that system reliability needs to be taken into account in the development of rooftop solar power plants so that a quota of solar power plants each year needs to be set.

“The government views that the implementation of the Rooftop Solar PV regulation is still not optimal, but we believe that this challenge can be overcome with hard work, innovation, and collaboration from all related parties,” he said.

The government invites the public to contribute to the use of green energy and increase awareness of energy efficiency. Through this regulation, the Government seeks to improve regulations to increase public interest in installing rooftop solar power plants.

Some essential points in the regulation include the unrestricted installation capacity, the elimination of capacity fees for all types of PLN customers, and the timing of rooftop solar power installation applications based on the FIFS (First In First Serve) mechanism.

In his explanation, the Director of Various New and Renewable Energy, Andriah Feby Misna, emphasised the importance of cooperation between IUPTLU Holders and the MEMR in following up on this regulation.

PT PLN has indicated the quota of Rooftop PV systems that can be developed until 2028, which will be proposed to the MEMR to be determined and reduced to a clustering quota.

The business process of applying for rooftop solar power plants will be supported by an electronic rooftop solar power plant service application, with the rooftop solar power plant Integrated Service and Reporting System (Simantap) application that has been prepared specifically for non-PLN IUPLTU holders.

“The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources will provide guidance and supervision so that the implementation of this regulation runs according to the rules, effectively and transparently,” added Hutajulu. (Hartatik)

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