Last week the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and Denmark’s Ministry of Development Cooperation launched a map pinpointing the wind power potential for electrification in Indonesia. Ulla Tørnæs, Danish minister of Development Cooperation, said this was part of a six-month cooperative engagement between the two governments, during which they exchanged their experiences in developing renewable energy sources for electrification.
The map displays the hot spots for wind power potential in Indonesia. It is expected to help the government and investors identify the best locations to develop wind turbines. Harnessing the vast potential of wind for energy generation could help Indonesia to achieve its goal of generating 23 percent of the total national energy from renewable energy sources by 2025.
Energy generated utilizing wind could moreover help the country to achieve energy security even in the remote areas of the archipelago. Indonesia has about 800 inhabited islands that require supply of energy. Not all of these islands are connected to the network, as it is not cost-effective, and significant amount of time would be needed to create such network. Renewable energy sources such as wind provide a promising decentralized solution to the problem.
In a first step, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is now planning to develop the potential of wind power in 16 locations in Indonesia. Two sites in Solo in Central Java and Jeneponto and Sidrap in South Sulawesi will be developed in cooperation with Denmark. The planned capacities of these power plants are 70 megawatts and 70 megawatts respectively.