Indonesian President Joko Widodo has launched the 192 megawatt-peak (MWp) capacity Cirata floating solar power plant (PLTS) in Purwakarta, West Java, the largest in Southeast Asia and the third largest globally.
The operation of the floating PLTS is a collaboration between the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry, Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry, the state-owned electricity company PT PLN, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) company, Masdar.
The Cirata floating PLTS adds to the existing electricity production capacity of the hydroelectric power plant (PLTA) in the local area which has reached one thousand megawatts (MW).
“We have succeeded in building one of the largest floating solar power plants in Southeast Asia and number three in the world, I am happy and proud to see the construction work of the floating PLTS in Cirata has been completed,” Widodo said.
The Indonesian leader also highlighted that the challenge of locating new and renewable energy far from the center of electricity demand can be overcome with a transmission line that connects each energy source to the economic center.
“The potential that exists in Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi can be channeled to economic centres,” he added.