Indonesian Youths Discussed Opportunities for Renewable Energy in Industry 4.0

2 September 2019

USAID stimulated discussion and cultivated new ideas among Indonesian youths on opportunities for renewable energy development in the era of industry 4.0. On August 29, 2019, with support from USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (USAID ICED II) and CoAction Indonesia, an Indonesian nongovernment organization, four professionals from private and public sector took the stage of @America, an American cultural center in Jakarta and shared their experiences in front of 117 youths in running renewable energy-related businesses that are in line with industry 4.0, where life gets more digital, faster, automatic, and customized. New Energy Nexus, a start-up accelerator organization shared tips for successful start-up company; SUN Energy, a company that leases solar photovoltaic system discussed opportunities for youths in renewable energy business; Indonesia’s largest taxi company, Blue Bird, presented their recent move to use electric vehicles as public transportation in Jakarta, while the Communications Division of Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources shared Indonesia’s target and vision in renewable energy. During the one-hour discussion, there were good interactions between young people and the speakers on electric vehicle, the nature of intermittency of solar photovoltaic system, specific studies and skills on renewable energy for youths, as well as government regulations supporting the development in renewable energy. The speakers encouraged participating young people to become agent of change for renewable energy in the future as it will help put Indonesia on the path to self-reliance.