Local utility and government officials learns rural electrification planning

USAID through Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) held a three-day training in Makassar from January 29-31, 2020 on rural electrification planning for unserved areas. A total of 55 staff of the Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR) Office of South Sulawesi and the State Electricity Company (PLN) Regional Office of South, Southeast and West Sulawesi (Sulselrabar).

The training covered verification and synchronization of data collection compiled during a previous training for a sustainable electricity access program. During the second training, the participants learned about the use of Geographcial Inforamtion Systems (GIS), geospatial data, methodology and background in developing the 20kV electricity distribution network data layers. The data layers are very useful for PLN Regional Office of South Sulawesi in preparing their regional electricity development planning. USAID ICED II will facilitate PLN and EMR South Sulawesi needs in order to achieve an agreement on electrification planning in South Sulawesi Province. The previous training that was held on November 26-27, 2019 in Makassar and focused on the alignment of electricity access data and basic skills to generate geospatial maps of these data using open-access geospatial software.

USAID provides training for Aceh provincial government rooftop solar PV program

 In support to Aceh provincial government commitment on installing solar photovoltaic (PV) on government buildings, USAID, through Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) provided trainings to local stakeholders and local expertsThe training took place on January 28, 2020 with 48 participants from Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR) Office of Aceh, State Electricity Company (PLN), Provincial Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) and other stakeholders. ICED II also facilitated the participation of staff of Directorate General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (DG EBTKE MEMR) and head of Rooftop Solar PV Users Association (PPLSA) as resource persons. The training focused on on the planning process, project feasibility study, implementation and monitoring of rooftop solar PV systems. Following the event, the Aceh’s provincial government expects to move forward with their budgeting and procurement of rooftop solar PV on government buildings.  ICED II organized an earlier training on October 29-30, 2019 that served as an introduction to rooftop solar PV technology and systems.

USAID assists Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in Developing Power Plant Benchmarking Performance & Greenhouse Gas Emission

USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (USAID ICED II) and Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) are providing technical support to Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Directorate General of Electricity (MEMR DJK) on developing assesment of cap emission and benchmarking performance & GHG emission. USAID ICED II and GGGI held a series of focus group discussion. On January 21, 2020, the second group discussion took place, where a total of 94 participants from various directorates in MEMR, Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs (CMEA), Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, PT PLN (Persero) Group, Independent Power Producer (IPPs). and technical experts attended the discussion. The second FGD aimed to present the draft report and tools for benchmarking performance, energy efficiency improvement scenarios, risk assessments and roadmap and GHG emission in power generation sector. There will be last stakeholder consultation meeting in February 2020.

USAID Mission Director visits energy project in Indonesia

USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) hosted the visit of USAID Mission Director Ryan Washburn to South Sulawesi on January 22, 2020. During his visit, Ryan Washburn learned about USAID technical assistance to State Electricity Company (PLN) for power system planning and operations in Sulawesi, with an emphasis on integrating variable types of renewable energy (i.e., wind and solar PV power plants) into Indonesia’s power system.  This is USAID’s commitment in supporting the Government of Indonesia to achieve its national renewable energy targets and to expand electricity access in Indonesia.

The USAID Mission Director also visited the 72 Megawatt (MW) Tolo Wind Power Plant in Jeneponto, South Sulawesi developed by Vena Energy and owned by Global Infrastructure Partners (USA). USAID ICED II conducted a power system impact study for PLN the results of which paved the way for PLN approval of the project. Tolo wind farm began commercial operations in March 2019 and has been providing electricity to more than 200,000 people. The USAID Mission Director stated that the kind of work that USAID ICED II is doing is helping PLN and the Indonesian power sector facilitate investment opportunities in renewable energy.

PLN acknowledges successful island grid improvement pilot project

As a follow up to a site visit that USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) held on January 7-9, 2020 for government counterparts to showcase the successful implementation of automatic dispatch system (ADS) pilot demonstration, on January 17, 2020, USAID ICED II participated in a knowledge sharing session on smart grid that PLN organized. Following USAID ICED II presentation on the ADS pilot demonstration, PLN acknowledged the successful work and expressed their interest to replicate the ADS and grid monitoring system in five isolated grids, among others in Kupang, by 2020. PLN also expressed their wish for USAID ICED II technical assistance on scaling-up of the systems. ICED II will conclude assistance for PLN by end of March 2020.

PLN promotes benefits of island grid improvement project to Government of Indonesia

In a site visit on January 7-9, 2020, Indonesia’s State Electricity Company (PLN) representatives explained to officials from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and Ministry of Finance that the automatic dispatch system (ADS) control system that USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) installed has successfully stabilized power quality on PLN’s Sumba Timur’s power grid while maximizing the input from an operating solar PV power plant. The pilot demonstration project is part of the USAID ICED II work to identify specific technology innovations that are critical to the rapid scaling up of clean energy generating capacity.

USAID ICED II organized the Sumba visit as part of the process of handing over the ADS pilot demonstration to Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) Directorate General of Electricity (DJK) as the government counterpart agency overseeing ICED II technical assistance to PLN. The MEMR DJK visit and inspection is part of the hand-over certificate (BAST) process of the USAID Clean Energy Program under the USAID Assistance Agreement No. 497-AA-030. Also participating in the visit was representatives from the Ministry of Finance and PLN.

“The ADS has successfully combined diesel power plant and solar PV power plant, especially for small systems in Sumba,” said Andrie Syatriawan from the Directorate of Electricity Business Development of MEMR DJK having observed the ADS system in Sumba.

The visit will encourage MEMR DJK and PLN to introduce the ADS to other PLN distribution grids with variable renewable energy power plants already in operations and/or in planning stage.

USAID Senior Energy Advisor visits energy project in Indonesia

USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) hosted the visit of Jayne Somers, Senior Energy Advisor from Asia Bureau, USAID Washington to Indonesia from October 28-November 1, 2019. During her visit, Jayne Somers learned about USAID support to strengthen the foundations for a low-carbon energy system and in contributing to Indonesia’s targets for increasing access to clean energy. Somers met with Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Directorate General of Electricity, State Electricity Company (PLN) Regional Office and transmission operator for Sulawesi and provincial and municipal government officials. Spending a couple of days in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Somers visited the 72 Megawatt (MW) Tolo Wind Power Plant in Jeneponto, South Sulawesi. USAID ICED II assisted the impact study of the 72 MW Tolo Wind Power Plant prior to signing the power purchase agreement. She also met with officials from Makassar municipality streetlight department to learn how they have capitalized on the USAID ICED I energy-efficient streetlight demonstration project and how have replaced the lamps in over 75% of the city’s total streetlights.  Finally, she attended the Sulawesi Province’s workshop that presented the USAID ICED II-assisted regional energy plan, including electricity access.

Rooftop solar PV project exposures to BCA

USAID’s Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) project facilitated BCA, a leading Indonesian commercial bank, to conduct a training on the technology and financing related to renewable energy projects, especially rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV). A total of 20 participants from corporate commercial and training center divisions of BCA attended the training on December 10-11, 2019. The training covered various subjects, including power purchase agreements, rooftop solar PV technology, grid renewable energy power generation, planning processes, interconnection, technical due diligence, and risk management. The training also discussed solar PV project financing. On the second day, the participants toured a rooftop solar PV power plant in Cirata, West Java, where they spoke with the training academy of PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali (PJB), a subsidiary of the State Electricity Company (PLN). This training academy is under PLN Corporate University, part of PLN’s program to enhance the capacity of its human resources. PJB through Cirata rooftop solar PV power plant, is aiming to create an efficient & appropriate configuration design of rooftop solar PV power plant based on the condition in Indonesia. Therefore, instead of using crystal line for their solar cell material which is mainly common for solar PV, Cirata rooftop solar PV prefer to use thin film that is more effective for Indonesia condition and generates electricity efficiently. Cirata rooftop solar PV power plant is a captive power plant where they use their own energy consumption or can be connected to PLN’s grid.

This training will help BCA staff to analyze documents related to renewable energy project development. These documents are requirements in the credit evaluation process.

USAID Supports a Workshop on Wind Power & Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project Feasibility Study Development for Utility Stakeholder

USAID through Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) facilitated a workshop on feasibility study and financial model of renewable energy power plant project investment for the staff of New and Renewable Energy Division of State Electricity Company (PLN). The training took place on November 20-21, 2019 and December 3-5, 2019 with a focus on wind power and solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects respectively. A total of 80 participants attended the trainings.  USAID ICED II has developed guidelines for feasibility study reviews of wind power and solar PV power projects, as well as guidelines for financial model of renewable energy power plant project’s investment. USAID ICED II developed the guidelines in response to proposals that PLN regional offices received from independent power producers (IPPs) under current power purchase regulation. PLN regional offices need to review the feasibility studies of the proposed power projects as part of the negotiations for power purchase agreements (PPA). The training aims at enhancing the participants’ knowledge on actual projects in Indonesia and the participants’ capacity in reviewing and evaluating future proposals from the IPPs. The training also includes financial model of renewable energy power plant project’s investment that could help PLN analyse the financial viability level of the proposed project investment from the IPP.

Local government discusses energy supply and modelling

USAID through Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) supports the Energy and Mineral Office of South Sulawesi to finalize draft of its provincial energy plan (RUED-P). USAID ICED II held a series of discussions to revisit the RUED-P draft and help align the draft with updated provincial medium-term development plan. As part of the series of discussions, a focused group discussion (FGD) on the RUED-P took place on November 28, 2019 in Makassar. A total of 19 participants from local government representatives and academia attended the discussion. The FGD discussed the model and matrix program of energy supply and demand modelling. The results of this discussion will help South Sulawesi province to finalize their provincial energy model. A follow-up discussion will take place in December 2019 to gather inputs from provincial stakeholders on energy programs and activities.