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Presenting 100% Clean Energy, President Jokowi Groundbreaking Construction of PLN PLTS 50 MW at IKN Nusantara

PT PLN (Persero) is ready to meet the need for green electricity in the National Capital City (IKN) of the Archipelago by building a Solar Power Plant (PLTS) with a capacity of 50 Megawatts (MW).

The laying of the first stone or groundbreaking for PLTS, a pioneer in generating new renewable energy (EBT), was carried out directly by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, on Thursday (2/11).

President Jokowi said that the construction of this PLTS shows the seriousness of the government through PLN in preparing a reliable electricity system based on environmentally friendly energy to meet electricity needs in IKN Nusantara.

This is in line with the development of IKN as a green and environmentally friendly forest city.

“This is a pioneer of PLTS in IKN, its capacity can still be increased if needed,” said Jokowi.

The President explained that this PLTS will reduce emissions by up to 104,000 tons of CO2 per year.

This PLTS is capable of producing around 93 Giga Watt Hour (GWh) of green energy per year, so it has been answered how sufficient electricity needs in IKN are met.

“The next question is whether there is electricity or not? Ready or not, he said green energy? Where? “The question was immediately answered this afternoon,” said Jokowi.

Jokowi also requested that the electricity lines in IKN be embedded underground to ensure the aesthetics are maintained.

“I asked from the start that the cable should not be visible to the eye. “All ground cables must be put into plots underground, when we build a good capital city like this, the cables are above,” said Jokowi.

PLN President Director Darmawan Prasodjo confirmed PLN’s commitment to preparing a reliable electricity system based on environmentally friendly supplies for IKN Nusantara.

“The construction of this PLTS is PLN’s effort to support IKN Nusantara to become a green, futuristic and sustainable city, so that the electricity provided is based on an environmentally friendly supply,” said Darmawan.

Darmawan continued, this PLTS was built through the PLN Nusantara Power (NP) subholding in collaboration with an energy company from Singapore, Sembcorp Utilities Pte. Ltd. The PLTS located in Sepaku, North Penajam Paser, is targeted to be completed and operational in May 2024.

“We are all out in supporting green electricity infrastructure to support IKN to become the best capital city where everything will be based on the state of the art of technology, clean energy sources for IKN will be supported by smart technology based on the most up-to-date and beautiful Artificial Intelligence (AI). “aesthetically, where the network is underground in accordance with the concept of green, smart and beautiful,” added Darmawan.

Furthermore, PLN will build a renewable energy zone as a research center, business center, education center and new renewable energy innovation center. Where PLN will collaborate with all the best partners who are members of a large ecosystem.

Not only that, to support the need for green electricity in IKN Nusantara, PLN will also map and utilize the hydro potential around IKN for hydroelectric power plants (PLTA) with a capacity of up to 1,000 MW.

In this way, the IKN Nusantara electricity system will be 100 percent based on new renewable energy (EBT) which is also in accordance with PLN’s commitment to achieve Net Zero Emissions (NZE) by 2060.

“PLN’s commitment to provide electricity that is not only reliable for the New Capital City, but also clean is in line with the Net Zero Emissions target in order to utilize the potential of clean energy in Indonesia for the greatest prosperity of the people,” concluded Darmawan.

On the same occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between PLN and the National Capital Authority regarding the development of a Green National Capacity City through the development of an integrated electricity ecosystem for the National Capital City. (Eka)

Source: Indonesia News