Government allocates Rp400 bln to develop solar cells

26 Februar, 2013 | Source: Antara News

The government has allocated up to Rp400 billion in funds to develop solar cells in the country this year, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik said.



"The government is serious about developing solar cells as cheap renewable energy to give a direct impact to rural economic growth," he said when inaugurating a solar cell unit in Karangasem district, Bali province, on Monday.

Solar cells had a concrete impact on rural economic growth, including the rise of small businesses near the site of solar cell project, he said.

"Even in a number of areas solar cells become a technology tourist site," he said.

In view of that, the government agreed to allocate up to Rp400 billion in funds for the expansion of solar cell projects in many parts of the country this year, he said.

Director General of New and Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Rida Mulyana meanwhile said the funds which reached hundreds of billions of rupiahs would be used to develop off-grid solar cells in 120 different areas across the country.

The solar cells would have a combined capacity of 8 MWp (mega watt photovoltaic), an increase compared with last year, he said.

Last year, the ministry built solar cells in 117 areas with a combined capacity of 4.8 MWp, he said.

"The solar cells are able to supply power to 10,315 households," he said.

 

Indonesian imports rose 17.65 percent to US$13.36 billion in March from US$8.89 billion in February this year, the Central Bureau of Statistic (BPS) said here on Monday.
Indonesia, along with states without nuclear weapons, are working together to promote the establishment of a convention to ban the use of nuclear weapons, an official said here on Monday.
Indonesias tourism brand "Wonderful Indonesia" won "The Best Exhibitor 2017" title at the worlds biggest tourism exhibition in Berlin, Germany.
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has planned to focus on three programs to spread economic growth more evenly in the country.
Women Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Yohana Yembise said that Indonesia is one of the countries which upholds gender equality.
G20 countries should contribute to creating a more secure, stable, and prosperous world, according to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.
Address: 1068 Budapest, Városligeti fasor 26. | MAP |
Phone: (+36-1) 413 3800 Fax: (+36-1) 322 8669
E-mail: embassy@indonesianembassy.hu