Additional Capacity of Up to 500 MW in Phase II, Will Cirata’s Floating Solar Power Plant Become the Largest in the World?

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Additional Capacity of Up to 500 MW in Phase II, Will Cirata’s Floating Solar Power Plant Become the Largest in the World?

The Floating Solar Power Plant (PLTS) in Cirata Reservoir, Purwakarta Regency, West Java, stands as evidence of the government’s commitment to embrace the new era of clean energy. Inaugurated by President Joko Widodo on November 9, 2023, the project aims to be a significant step towards achieving a 29% reduction in domestic carbon emissions by 2030.

This floating solar project at Cirata Reservoir is the largest in Southeast Asia and ranks third globally. Valued at IDR 2.17 trillion, the project is a collaboration between Indonesia’s state‐owned electricity company, PLN, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) energy company, Masdar, with a 51% to 49% ownership split. Covering an area of 200 hectares, the project consists of 12 module islands with a total of 340,000 photovoltaic panels, generating 245 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually. The power plant is expected to provide electricity to 50,000 households and offset 214,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Masdar and PLN Nusantara Power (PLN NP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop Phase II of the Cirata project with a capacity of up to 500 MW. This move follows updates in regulations by the Indonesian Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR), allowing a maximum of 20% of water bodies to be utilized for renewable energy. Currently, the world’s largest floating solar project is the Dezhou Dingzhuang Floating Solar Farm in China, with a capacity of 320 MW. Therefore, If Cirata’s Floating Solar Power Plant reaches 500 MW, it has the potential to become the largest in the world.

President Joko Widodo expresses his hope to enhance the focus on renewable energy projects in Indonesia, including solar, hydropower, geothermal, and wind energy. He emphasizes the importance of consistent implementation for a sustainable future.

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Solartech Indonesia 2024‐A Key Event for Solar PV & Energy Storage in ASEAN.

In line with the government’s vigorous development efforts to achieve Net Zero Emission (NZE) by 2060, GEM Indonesia supports the program by organizing the largest B2B Solar PV & Energy Storage exhibition in Southeast Asia, “Solartech Indonesia 2024”. The exhibition will be taking place from March 6‐8, 2023, at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia and feature 800+ companies specializing in solar PV systems, solar cells, inverter solar panels, energy storage, PV integrator and installer support. The event is expected to draw over 25,000 professionals from around the world and will coincide with Battery Energy Storage Indonesia 2024 and Smart Energy Indonesia 2024.

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