PLN no longer buys electricity from rooftop solar power generation

Jakarta – The government has released a revised regulation related to rooftop solar power plants, which includes eliminating the power purchase scheme from rooftop solar power plants installed by users and replacing it with incentives.

According to the Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Dadan Kusdiana, 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), replacing the previous regulation was signed on January 29, 2024.

He said that as an incentive, consumers who install rooftop solar power plants will only be charged a standard fee and no additional fees.

However, the government also provides exceptions for rooftop solar systems operating before this regulation came into effect. To provide certainty for Rooftop PV owners who have invested previously, Article 47 of the regulation states that the export of electricity imports remains valid for 10 years after obtaining approval from the IUPTLU holder.

To maintain the quality and reliability of electricity supply, the government is implementing a quota system for developing rooftop solar power plants.

Dadan admits that this may be less profitable for households unless it uses batteries to store energy. However, the government remains optimistic about encouraging the utilisation of Rooftop PV, especially for industries.

With relatively stable industrial electricity consumption, rooftop solar power plants can be a promising solution. “We encourage (rooftop PV) industries because they have baseload, and the scale is large,” he said.

The government maintains the ambitious target of installing 3.6 GW of rooftop PV by 2025. However, the quota setting for developing Rooftop PV systems will be adjusted to the needs and limitations of the PLN system, involving the Directorate General of Electricity and the Directorate General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE). (Hartatik)

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