Supply of energy and public access to energy still currently pose as challenges to the government to achieving their 100% national electrification target, as stated in the 2020 National Energy General Plan (RUEN).
To ensure public access to electricity in areas that are remote, outermost, and lagging (3T), both the government and public sectors are necessary in providing affordable energy sources.
Last mid-July, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources inaugurated its corporate social responsibility program that aims to achieve a 100% electrification ratio in Indonesia. PT Surya Utama Nuansa (SUN), as a project developer for solar energy system in Indonesia, contributed to the success of electricity supply to 2,885 houses in 6 provinces.
With the Solar Home Electricity (LRTS) program, SUN is able to implement solar power using the Solar Home System (SHS) technology, which is a standalone solar panel system that does not require multiple grids for ignition.
The SHS technology was designed by SUN and can be easily applied by anyone, anywhere, and anytime that the public can experience the benefits of clean energy electricity that improves the economical standards of living. At the household scale, the SHS technology works using solar power stored in a battery.
The amount of power generated from the SHS technology is able to turn on the television, radio, fan, and lights. Arifin Tasrif, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, expressed his appreciation for the program in the virtual inauguration of the electricity infrastructure.
“This initiative, comparable to that of SUN customers, is a program that aims to equate electricity access for the public in all areas of Indonesia. By utilizing solar power energy, the Solar Home System (SHS) technology is has provided electricity access to 2,885 houses in 6 provinces in Indonesia. With the assumption that each house is inhabited by 4 people, then almost 12,000 people have experienced the benefits of clean energy improving their quality of life, including sustainable development in rural areas,” stressed Roy Wijaya, director of SUN.
According to Jokson, the head of the Bohe Silian Village in the Maratua Islands, the LRTS program has helped fishermen in catching fish at night.
“Usually we only rely on lights with batteries for lighting at night. With the LRTS program, we can catch fish at night with free electricity. The engine is on, the lights are bright, the fisherman are happy,” he said.
This positivity was reflected by Alex, the head of the Birang Remote Indigenous Community (KAT). He said that since electricity was more widely available, it is now easier for people to carry out various activities.
“Especially for children; they can learn more easily and calmly without having to worry about the darkness at night.”
Utilizing sunlight potential as an energy sources is one of the real solutions in providing wider access to electricity that can be easily applied in various locations. The solar energy system can also strengthen Indonesia’s energy independence, maximizing a combination of clean and renewable energy, while also forming greater environmental responsibility.