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.