The Indonesian government created the Rural Electrification Project to provide electricity by means of solar energy to villages throughout Indonesia. The objective of the project is to promote the economy of rural communities and improve the quality of life. By bringing access to power, it encourages local productivity, facilitates and accelerates access to electronics and other media, and improves security on the islands.
With 13,466 islands, providing access to electricity to all parts of Indonesia remains a big challenge to policy makers. Diesel generators have high operating costs, which are compounded by the costs of shipping and storage of fuel. As a result, the primary goal of this government-funded project was to provide access to electricity through 100% renewables without a dependency on diesel.
The solution is sixty off-grid DC-coupled solar systems that range in capacity from 15kW to 75kW, each of them electrifying 80 to 520 households per village!
To learn more about this project, read our case study.