POWER TO THE PEOPLE

Electrification through Renewable Energy

As part of the government’s objective to ensure near-universal access to electricity by 2020, Indonesia has installed over 600 micro-grids powered by renewable sources, such as solar and hydro power. However, five million Indonesians living in remote areas remain without access to electricity, and coordination is lacking between government ministries and private sector stakeholders to improve the situation. Furthermore, skilled personnel to maintain microgrid installations are in short supply, as are facilities to train electricians in renewable energy systems.

To tackle these challenges and institutionalise off-grid electrification best practices, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development has committed €2.5 million funding to implement the Electrification through Renewable Energy (ELREN) project. Working with Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the project has created a forum for government institutions, the private sector and civil society to identify joint measures at both national and provincial levels to increase the sustainability of off-grid renewable energy installations.

These efforts helped improve the maintenance of off-grid renewable energy systems, and employment opportunities in the energy and utilities sectors in East Nusa Tenggara, South Sulawesi and Maluku.

I am grateful to have completed the training on off-grid solar energy electrification systems provided through German-Indonesian development cooperation. I look forward to applying the knowledge gained on operating and maintaining photovoltaic modules.

Ardi Sokain
Mechanical Engineering Student
Politeknik Negeri Kupang