75kW Tepian Solar power Plant (PLTS )in Nunukan illuminate District Border Area Tuesday, March 13, 2018

  • 2018.03.13 Tuesday
  • 20:35

EMR Communications Team

NUNUKAN - The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) through the Directorate General of New, Renewable and Energy Conservation (DG EBTKE) on Saturday (10/3), inaugurated the operation of Solar Power Station (PLTS) centered in Desa Tepian, Kecamatan Sembakung , Nunukan District, North Kalimantan.

This power plant is the second centered Solar Power Station (PLTS)  which was inaugurated by the Directorate General of EBTKE in 2018 after the Balatan Datu Solar Power Station (PLTS) in Takalar, South Sulawesi, inaugurated early last February.


At the inauguration, Director General of EBTKE Rida Mulyana said that the development of Solar Power Station (PLTS)  in remote areas, small islands and border areas is one of the government's programs in the effort to improve the equitable access of energy to the community.


The Government continues to commit to providing equal access to energy for all Indonesians. At least 2,519 villages in Indonesia which are in the foremost and outermost areas, are still waiting for the presence of electricity in the region. "According to the vision of Nawacita Mr. President, we (the Government) do prioritize the supply of electricity in the front, outer and remote areas," said Rida.


Nunukan regency is one of the areas in Indonesia that borders directly with Malaysia. The presence of the state through the development and provision of access to electricity in the region becomes binding to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, a commitment of the Government to build Indonesia from the forefront (border) as the nation's leading guard.


PLTS Tepian built with APBN funds in Fiscal Year 2017 with total development costs spent Rp 5.9 billion. The Solar Power Station (PLTS), which has been operating since December last year, has a capacity of 75 kilo Watt (kW) and can illuminate about 144 houses as well as public facilities such as mushala, schools and village offices. Each house gets 220 W with a limit of 600 Wh for 24 hours. While special public facilities limit the maximum use of 800 watts per 24 hours.

Head of Desa Tepian, Nurdiansyah, as the beneficiary said that the development of PLTS is making the quality of life of the village community, especially in agriculture and education sector to increase.


"In the past, the processing of agricultural products was still manual, now it has been used electronic equipment so that it has an impact on the increase of production result, the teaching and learning activities become more creative because now the school uses audio visual media." said Nurdiansyah.


Prior to the existence of Solar Power Station (PLTS), residents rely solely on traditional lighting such as candles and petromaks for lighting at night. Only a handful of citizens can enjoy electricity generated from generators. Now, with the Solar Power Station (PLTS) all the people of Desa Tepian have been able to access the electricity evenly. (RAF)





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