President Joko Widodo Inaugurates PLTS Terapung Cirata: The Largest Solar Power Plant in Southeast Asia

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10 November 2023 • 3 min read

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Purwakarta, Indonesia — PLTS Terapung Cirata, situated in Purwakarta Regency, West Java, was inaugurated by President Joko Widodo on Thursday (09/11/2023). This solar power plant, boasting a capacity of 192 Megawatt peak (MWp), stands as one of Indonesia's National Strategic Projects in the realm of energy transition.


The inauguration event, graced by Indonesian government officials, the PLN Group, and partner companies, also welcomed the Minister of Foreign Trade of the United Arab Emirates, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi. He expressed hopes that this project would serve as a catalyst for closer bilateral relations between the two countries and stimulate economic growth for the surrounding community.


Spanning across a reservoir area of 200 hectares, this power plant claims the title of the largest in Southeast Asia and ranks third globally. Its realization stems from collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN), PLN, and Masdar – a renewable energy company from the United Arab Emirates.


The introduction of this floating solar power plant in the Cirata area is poised to bolster the production capacity of the plant, currently standing at 1,000 MW. "In Cirata, we already have a hydroelectric power plant with a capacity of 1,000 MW, and now we are adding a floating solar power plant of 192 MWp. In the future, with full optimization, it could potentially add approximately 1,000 MWp," remarked President Joko Widodo.


From an environmental perspective, PLTS Cirata is expected to contribute to the reduction of 214,000 tons of CO2 and generate 245 GWh of green energy annually. This significant stride brings Indonesia closer to achieving net-zero emissions.


President Joko Widodo expressed optimism regarding the future of new renewable energy (EBT) in Indonesia, encompassing wind power, geothermal, and hydropower. However, he acknowledged the challenges inherent in this energy transition. "The challenge lies in the fact that potential EBT locations are often distant from urban centers. To address this, we can develop solutions such as transmission lines, enabling potential EBT sources in Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi to meet the electricity demands of economic hubs," the head of state emphasized.

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