Speaking during a meeting with Commission VII of the House of Representatives (DPR) in Jakarta on Monday (27/11/23), President Director of PLN Nusantara Power, Ruly Firmansyah, announced that state-run electricity company PT PLN has set February of 2024 as the start date for the operation of the solar power plant currently being built in the new capital city (IKN) Nusantara, East Kalimantan, according to reporting from Tempo.
“By February next year, it (solar power plant) will start operating with an (initial) capacity of 10-megawatts,” he said, confirming that the development process of the solar power plant, with a total capacity of 50-megawatts, had begun, noting that the solar power plant will start operating at full capacity in May 2024.
“We are contributing to the development of IKN by building a 50-megawatt land-based PLTS (solar power plant),” he said, adding that PLN is equipping the plant with the battery energy storage system (BESS).
“Currently, we are using the BESS and aiming to make the PLTS in IKN as a power plant that optimizes new and renewable energy, much like we did in the development of the Bawean PLTS and Cirata floating PLTS,” he remarked.
Tempo report that in November, President Joko Widodo had personally launched the development of the solar power plant in Nusantara and during the groundbreaking ceremony he said that the operation of the solar power plant would help Indonesia cut up to 104,000-tons of carbon emissions per year.
“This is a pioneer of renewable energy power generation in IKN. The fulfillment of new and renewable energy in IKN is consistent with the concept of developing IKN as a forest capital city,” he said.
The government has also revealed the plan to use the 50-megawatt PLTS to supply electricity for the commemoration of the Anniversary of the Independence of Indonesia on August 17 in 2024, say Tempo.