Indonesia Targets Southeast Asian Solar Crown

Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) said its plans to partner with a global industry player to establish the country as the leading solar power in the ASEAN region, will soon be revealed.

According to Dadan Kusdiana, Director-General of New, Renewable Energy, and Energy Conservation at ESDM, Indonesian President Joko Widodo is expected to make a significant announcement about the integrated solar panel industry in the coming months.

“The President will announce the partner soon, the discussions have been very intense,” he said. Kusdiana stated that the solar industry project is targeted to produce over 10 gigawatts of solar power and that the potential partner for the project is reportedly a major player in the global solar panel market. “It is a very large industry, represented by a manufacturer that has a significant share of the global solar panel market,” he added.

During the recent Indosolar Expo 2023 event in Jakarta, Kusdiana said that Indonesia is on track to become the largest integrated solar industry player in the Southeast Asian region, supporting the country’s 23% renewable energy target and net zero emission goals.

Indonesian news agency Antara also reported that ESDM and the Ministry of Investment/Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) have been actively seeking a leading solar industry partner to develop the potential solar panel industry in Indonesia.

Among recent developments in the country’s push to develop its own solar ecosystem, Investment Minister and BKPM Head Bahlil Lahadalia recently met with China’s Xinyi Group, one of the world’s leading photovoltaic glass manufacturers.

Xinyi Group is planning to establish a quartz sand or silica sand down streaming factory in Rembang, Batam, and Riau Islands, a move that will further support Indonesia’s solar industry ecosystem ambitions.