President Jokowi Shows Off First Wind Power Plant in RI


JAKARTA, – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) continues encouraging the use of new renewable energy, given the fossil energy reserves are running out. Besides, the carbon emission of fossil energy is also too high.

Various power plants using renewable energy sources such as geothermal, solar, and wind continue to be built by the government.

Regarding the wind power generation, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has proudly showed off the giant project of the first Wind Power Plant (PLTB) in Indonesia.

In his official Facebook account, Jokowi said that Indonesia is one of few countries in Asia who have a wind farm aside of Japan, China and Korea.

President Jokowi’s full writing on Saturday (12/2) is as follows:

Dozens of white poles are lined up on the backs of the hills in the Mattirotasi Village and Lainungan Village, Watangpulu, Sidenreng Rappang Regency, in the middle of South Sulawesi, about 200 kilometers from Makassar. The rows are so prominent, gigantic: 80 meters high. On the tip of the steel pole, a large propeller is mounted. Its diameter is 57 meters, so the total height reaches 137 meters.

Yes, they are the gigantic wind turbines of the first Wind Power Plant (PLTB) in Indonesia. On the hills, 30 wind turbines are being installed with a capacity of 2.5 megawatt each or 75 MW in total.

Sidrap mountainous area has a good wind potential with an estimated speed of about seven meters per second that is suitable to drive the propellers of the turbines.

Built since April 2016 by PT UPC Sidrap Bayu Energi with an investment of US$150 million, the PLTB will be operated commercially next year. The Sidrap PLTB is capable to supply the electricity to approximately 80,000 households of 900 VA customers.

In addition to Sidrap PLTB, we are also developing Jeneponto PLTB, still in South Sulawesi, which involves an investor from Denmark. The potential of wind energy in this country is about 60.6 GW. The government encourages the use of renewable energy sources of water, geothermal, and wind. (LPT/TPP)