Wind power is one of the fastest growing renewable energy in the world. It is also one of the commercially available renewable energy resources in Indonesia, especially in South Sulawesi, some parts of Java and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).
In support to Government of Indonesia’s commitment to increase renewable share in Indonesia’s energy mix, State Electricity Company (PLN) signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for Sidrap Windfarm at the 2015’s EBTKE Conex. Preliminary activities have been conducted to realize the development of 70 MW wind power in Sidrap, South Sulawesi: wind measurement and grid integration study. The signing of letter of cooperation to finance Sidrap windfarm on April 7, 2016, marked one of the largest wind power development in Indonesia. PLN realizes the growing private sector interests in windfarm development in Indonesia. Thus, it is a must for PLN officers to better understand all aspects related to wind power development and operations.
In order to facilitate the development of wind power in Indonesia, ICED II held a series of training for PLN staff. The first training was held in May 2016 to give introduction and deep understanding on wind power plant. The second training was held in August, focusing on using DIgSilent PowerFactory software that will be incorporated into PLN’s updated 10-year power system development plan (RUPTL).
More than 30 PLN staff from eastern part of Indonesia attended both trainings. A participant from Papua Province said that the training provided more insight and new knowledge regarding wind energy, which are relatively new in Indonesia.