The Australia-Indonesia Centre Energy Cluster, in partnership with the Australian Consulate General in Makassar, are organising a field study to explore renewable energy opportunities in South Sulawesi from 26 to 28 March.
The study will begin with a one-day seminar in Makassar, led by the Makassar Consul-General Richard Mathews and AIC Energy Cluster Senior Research Fellow Dr Max Richter, featuring insights from The Australia-Indonesia Centre’s energy experts, state energy company PLN, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, and leading private sector renewable energy investors and experts in Indonesia.
The second and third days will consist of field visits to an on-grid wind power project in development near Makassar, and an island off-grid PLN solar project in the Makassar Strait. Participants will then have the option of continuing on to a remote island energy study visit to Morotai, with the Australia-Indonesia Centre.
The program aims for Australian businesses to learn from successful examples of renewable energy projects in Eastern Indonesia. Around 42 million Indonesians are no on an electricity grid. They either rely on expensive, non-renewable sources of power, or have little to no access to power. This poses a critical challenge for sustainable development in Indonesia. To meet the government’s goal of 90 percent electricity coverage by 202 the country’s electricity generation must grow by 9 percent per year. To meet the national renewable energy target of 23 percent by 2050 – twice current levels – renewables will need to be a large part of this growth.
Makassar Consul-General Richard Matthews spoke to the Australia-Indonesia Centre about opportunities for investment in Eastern Indonesia. “There are thousands of islands and thousands of mountain villages which need power and the government of Indonesia is committed is achieving 98% electrification rate,” he said. Watch the video below for more insights.
The field study is free, but travel and accommodation costs are at participants’ expense, with Consular support for logistical arrangements.
To learn more about the Eastern Indonesia Renewable Energy Field Study and Business Opportunities Seminar, click here (PDF).