Indonesia 2018 | ENERGY & MINING | COLUMN

TBY talks to Iwan Agung Firstantara, President Director, PT Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali (PT PJB), on the sector.

Iwan Agung Firstantara

How is PT PJB's collaboration with Abu Dhabi-based Masdar on a joint clean energy project progressing?

This partnership is a strategic move to develop together a cost-competitive renewable energy project in Indonesia by combining the expertise of both companies. We are developing the prototype, and Masdar has one of the largest and most economical prototypes in the world. We hope to bring this cheaper energy generation model to Indonesia through collaboration. We have signed a MoU to develop and construct a 200-MW plant and reservoir.

The nationwide potential of renewable energy allocates 540GW coming from solar. What do you think of these figures?

Indonesia is a tropical country with a large area. 540GW of solar power will occupy less than 1% of Indonesia's land. So, we think that 540GW solar potential is a severe underestimate. Of course, this is just a simplified calculation. In reality, there are many technical challenges to be overcome to make it happen. Currently, we are working together with many stakeholders to study how much photovoltaic power can enter the grid safely and economically. Our current 200-MW photovoltaic power plant is one step of that big vision.