USAID’s training of trainers series in renewable energy project appraisal concluded, PLN staff appreciated the tools

Training zoom ICED II PLN offices 24 June 2020

On June 16-19, 2020, State Electricity Company’s (PLN) Corporate University hosted an online training of trainers (ToT) on evaluating proposed wind power projects. USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) organized the last batch of the training for 48 PLN staff from various regional offices.

The training shared useful reference documents and hands-on tools to use when reviewing and evaluating wind projects’ feasibility study. In addition, the training is part of ICED II and PLN joint effort to transfer knowledge as PLN trainers co-delivered the sessions.

Many PLN staff appreciated the tools and expertise of ICED II, despite limited direct participation and time allocation due to the virtual setting. Most of the PLN staff also had to juggle the training with their daily tasks, while some others had to deal with poor internet connection at home.

From February to June 2020, USAID in collaboration with PLN facilitated five batches of ToT, where 231 PLN staff from across the archipelago received improved knowledge in evaluating renewable energy project appraisals.

ICED II has developed a set of guidelines to assist PLN staff in reviewing feasibility studies of various renewable energy power project types as proposed by independent power producers. The ToT series was also aimed to roll out the guidelines and to promote their adoption by PLN staff.

The first training in the series was held on February 24-25, 2020 with a focus on evaluating bioenergy power projects, while the second training series was held on April 21-23 on hydropower projects. The ToT continued to the third series on May 18-20, 2020 on biogas power projects, the fourth on June 2-4, 2020 on waste-to-energy power projects, and the fifth batch took place on June 9-11, 2020 discussing solar PV projects. The last ToT took place on June 16-19, 2020 on wind power projects.