Indonesia’s first wind farm celebrated its commissioning on behest of Independent power producer (IPP) UPC Renewables at a ceremony in July. The country is among one of the fastest growing countries for energy consumption, and the wind power project development is a source of national pride.
The first utility-scale wind power project, the 75MW Sidrap I Wind Farm project site is located on the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo and is inclusive of 30 of Siemens Gamesa’s G114-2.5 turbines.
According to the manufacturer, the turbines are the first use of this model in Asia. The $150-million Sidrap wind farm is owned and operated by PT UPC Sidrap Bayu Energy (UPC Sidrap), a joint venture among UPC Renewables, PT Binatek Energi Terbarukan, and AC Energy Holdings.
The project is said to represent the first phase of a larger project of wind and solar energy with battery support. And in the context of financing for the $150 million project, it was provided by the United States’ Overseas Private Investment Corporation and Japanese financial services company, the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
As a part of a 300MW memorandum of understanding (MoU) between UPC Renewables and the South Sulawesi administration, Sidrap I has a 30-year power purchase agreement with the state-owned utility PLN.
Meanwhile, Turbine supplier, Siemens Gamesa said that Indonesia was a country with high wind energy potential. And, it would provide turbines for IPP Equis Energy’s Tolo 1 project (72MW) located in the south of the Sulawesi province.
Indonesia’s emission targets can reportedly be achieved by reducing its reliance on coal and increasing its investment in clean, renewable energy. And, the country has set a target of adding 35GW of energy capacity by 2020 of which renewables would provide 23% (or around 8GW).
The south-east Asian country also has received proposals in the context of supply with clean electricity from a 6GW wind and solar hybrid plant in Australia through the subsea cables.