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.

USAID trains utility and provincial government officials in rural electrification planning in South Sulawesi

USAID through Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) held a two-day training in Makassar from November 26-27, 2019 on rural electrification planning for 46 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 consolidated and synchronized electricity access data from various sources. Village level data, organized geospatially by ICED II, supports the assessment of rural electricity system that the participants are expected to carry out. During the training, the participants learned how geospatial map improve rural electrification planning. Combining tabular data and geospatial maps to visualize electricity access data and identifying building clusters that can be served by micro/mini grids to design rural electrification systems. The training also provided a tool to engage key stakeholders in constructive dialogues and collaborative works toward expanding electricity access. Last, the training also strengthens the participants’ knowledge and skills on rural electrification planning. This training is part of a training series in electrification planning for South Sulawesi province. A related training workshop devoted to updating South Sulawesi’s spatial map of 20 kilovolt (kV) network and advanced electrification planning will take place in December 2019.

USAID-Supported Workshop on Interconnection Guidelines Helps Project Developers Understand the Importance of Distribution Grid Studies

USAID through Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) held a workshop on new guidelines for interconnection of renewable energy generation plant to distribution network of State Electricity Company (PLN) on November 8, 2019 in Jakarta. The workshop was part of the annual conference and exhibition on new, renewable energy, and energy conservation, EBTKE ConEx 2019.  Cosponsored by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) and the Indonesia Renewable Energy Society (METI), the workshop provided information on PLN’s updated directive on connecting renewable energy generating plants to the electricity distribution system (Decision of the Board of Directors No. 64.P/DIR/2019). A total of 153 participants from project developers, financial institution, energy associations, MEMR, PLN, universities, and consultants participated in the full-day workshop. The forum discussed challenges in interconnection for renewable energy generation plants, procedures for project developers applying for renewable energy interconnection to PLN distribution network; as well as technical, non-technical and financial requirements for renewable energy projects. Through the workshop, the participants gained a better understanding of interconnection-related issues and requirements of small scale (less than 10 megawatts or MW), grid-connected renewable energy power plants.

USAID Helps Aceh Local Government Better Understand Rooftop Solar PV Installation

Following Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources’ Regulation No. 49/2018 on rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, Aceh Province has installed rooftop solar PV on their Energy and Mineral Resource (EMR) Office. The province has also allocated funds for rooftop solar PV installation on other government buildings. USAID, through Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) is providing technical assistance to Aceh’s EMR Office and local experts. USAID ICED II held a training and workshop that took place on October 29-30, 2019 in Banda Aceh. A total of 78 participants from EMR Office, State Electricity Company (PLN) regional office, Aceh development planning agency (Bappeda) and local experts participated in the workshop. Presenters shared their knowledge on the MEMR regulation and the costs and benefits of rooftop solar PV systems, as well as information on PV system design, financial analysis, and installation registration process with PLN. The participants also visited a local university that has installed rooftop solar PV facility. During the visit they learned that PLN requires facility that are connected to PLN’s grid meet various technical requirements. The EMR Office will give inputs to the governor on rooftop solar PV on government buildings development and also plans to share information on rooftop solar PV with the Aceh’s district governments.

USAID Helps Set “Bali Self Sufficient, Clean and Green Energy” Vision Into Motion

 ICED II assisted Bali Center for Sustainable Finance (BCSF), an organization that Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority (OJK) established in 2017 to become a referral center for sustainable finance, to develop its strategic plan. In turn, having learned about BCSF plans, the Governor of Bali requested ICED II’s technical assistance to help the provincial government realize “Bali Self Sufficient, Clean, and Green Energy” vision. As a start, the Bali government has been drafting a governor’s regulation on clean energy and other energy planning documents such as Regional Energy Plan (RUED) and Regional Electricity Plan (RUKD). Developing these documents require the Bali government to get inputs from local and national energy stakeholders and synchronize the energy planning documents with national policies. In collaboration with BCSF host, Udayana University, ICED II is providing technical assistance to Bali government to synchronize their draft regulation and energy planning documents with national policies by holding two batches of workshops. These series of events also provide an avenue to strengthen BCFS’s role and capacity in Bali energy planning. The first batch of workshop took place on October 14-15, 2019 in Bali, where 70 members of local and national energy stakeholder participated in giving inputs to the RUKD draft. The two-day workshop resulted in a refined RUKD draft that the Bali local government will submit to the Bali Regional Assembly (DPRD) for further incorporation into Bali’s Regional Energy Plan in a DPRD meeting in November 2019. The second discussion series will take place on December 9-10, 2019 in Bali to discuss RUED finalization.

Banks Learn to Manage Risks in Renewable Energy Business Through Support from USAID and Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority

USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (USAID ICED II) and Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority (OJK) conducted Environmental and Social Risk Analysis (ESRA) Training on October 7-10, 2019 related to financing of solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects as the main topic. Participating in the training were 43 people from OJK, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and universities. At the end of the training, the participants visited the 1 megawatt (MW) Karangasem solar PV power plant in Bali to have first-hand understanding of how a PV power plant works. ESRA training series is part of USAID ICED II support to OJK in implementing Indonesia’s Sustainable Finance Road Map 2019-2023 by improving the capacity of financial institutions. The most important feature of the training is helping banks assess and manage risks associated with environmental protection and technical aspects.

USAID ICED II Assists the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to Draft National Competency Standards to Measure and Verify Energy Performance in Split Air Conditioning Systems

Indonesia has formally adopted the ISO 50015: 2014 on Measurement and Verification (M&V) of Energy Performance into Indonesian National Standards (SNI) last year. Thus, developing a national competency standards (SKKNI) on the M&V of energy performance will reinforce better energy efficiency project implementation in Indonesia. USAID through ICED II has been working together with the Directorate of Energy Conservation of Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR DEK) to develop the national competency standards. After a series of focused group discussions, ICED II and MEMR DEK developed a final draft of national competency standards of the M&V. On October 2-3, 2019, ICED II held a pre-convention workshop to validate the draft and engaged related stakeholders and captured inputs to improve the national competency standards. Once the draft is validated and inputs are incorporated, MEMR will propose the final draft of the national competency standards of the M&V of energy performance to Ministry of Manpower for verification process. A total of 50 participants from various government units, professional associations, and universities participated in the discussion.

Indonesian Youths Discussed Opportunities for Renewable Energy in Industry 4.0

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.

USAID Facilitates Training of Indonesia’s National Utility Staff in Using New Software for Reviewing Interconnection Study

USAID through Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) provided inputs to Indonesia’s State Electricity Company’s (PLN) guidelines for reviewing project developers’ interconnection study, which PLN recently launched formally as a regulation on Interconnection of Renewable Energy Generation to Distribution System. The guidelines ensure that electricity produced by renewable energy generation plants will not adversely affect PLN system in terms of safety, reliability and quality of power delivered from the grid. USAID ICED II supports PLN in rolling out the guidelines, for further adoption by PLN’s regional offices, by building the capacity of PLN staff in conducting renewable energy interconnection study review. The first batch of training took place in July 2019 with 53 participants, while the second and final batch of training took place from August 19-23, 2019, where a total of 49 PLN staff from various units and regional offices of PLN took part in the training. In addition, the training also introduces and develops the capacity of PLN staff with PSS SINCAL, a simulation software for analysis and planning of all power network types that PLN recently secured its corporate license. PSS SINCAL will help PLN reviewing interconnection studies in order to absorb more renewable energy into their system. During the training, the participants worked on a case study based on real interconnection study documents for biomass and biogas power plant. PLN staff will need time to master the use of PSS SINCAL, however the training helped them understand the overall review process of interconnection study and how the software contributes to the review. PLN Corporate University, as PLN training center, in collaboration with USAID ICED II plans to develop a training module on interconnection study review using PSS SINCAL.