Indonesia’s electrification ratio has increased dramatically over the last years to 80%. However, over 50 million Indonesians still lack electricity access. As part of the government’s ambitious target to achieve an electrification ratio of over 90% by 2019, the Directorate General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (DJEBTKE) plays a prominent role through its programme to increase the electricity access in remote areas, small islands and border areas using micro hydro and solar technologies. In 2014 alone, the Government allocated more than IDR 150 billion for rural energy infrastructure. It is our sincere endeavour to ensure that the fund results in long-term electricity access to Indonesia’s rural communities.
Balance and distribution of development within regions in Indonesia presents fundamental challenges. Development acceleration will depend greatly on the infrastructure availability, including electricity. The potential of renewable energy in Indonesia is very large, but its use is not yet optimal. Considering the prospect, infrastructure, technology and capacity scale, the most realistic renewable energy sources to be developed in Indonesia especially for remote areas, small islands and border areas are mycro hydro and solar.
In its support function to the DJEBTKE, EnDev Indonesia (EnDev ID) project is a corner stone to Indonesia’s rural electrification efforts. The project is jointly implemented by DJEBTKE and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH with the main purpose to support the provision of sustainable access to electricity for rural communities.
GIZ’s support to renewable energy in Indonesia stretches back to the 1990s, with a focus on micro-hydro power technical support and today Indonesia has internation¬ally recognised micro-hydro power expertise. Building on this cooperation, EnDev ID project has expanded its scope to include solar photovoltaic technologies since 2012.
EnDev ID project specifically supports DJEBTKE’s rural electrification programme, which constructs over 100 solar and micro-hydro power mini-grids across Indonesia annually. Whereas DJEBTKE sets infrastructure in the field, EnDev ID puts sustain¬ability measures in place, such as technical quality support, skills development for beneficiary communities and data collection and monitoring activities. The project also cooperates with other institutions implementing rural electrification using renewable energy through various cooperation schemes. This practical collabora¬tion with national programmes is of key importance to DJEBTKE’s development strategy as the focal point of decentralized rural electrification.
Director for Various New Energy and Renewable Energy
Directorate General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (DJEBTKE)
Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM)
Republic of Indonesia