In 2014, ICED (the first phase of the USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development program) conducted a study for State Electricity Company (PLN) on the impact of nearly 200 MW of proposed wind power development in South Sulawesi.
The findings showed that the 70 MW proposed windfarm in Sidrap could be operated without any adverse effect. UPC, the Sidrap project developer, signed a Power Purchase Agreement for the project with PLN in late 2014.
On April 6, UPC, PLN and the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation celebrated the agreement to finance the project through a long term loan of $120 million. USAID ICED II was recognized for its early contributions to the project by overcoming PLN’s reluctance to add wind power, an unproven technology in Indonesia, to its system.