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Priorities for Quality Infrastructure Development for Photovoltaics in Indonesia
Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)
Katharina Telfser; Co-authors: Patrick Dolle, Niels Ferdinand, Sandra Imelda, Clemens Sanetra and Timothy Walsh
Published in
March 2019
It is a priority of the government of Indonesia to increase rural electrification and at the same time promote renewable energies in the national energy mix. The government target for solar photovoltaic (PV) energy was ambitiously set at 6.5 GWp of installed capacity by 2025. A central pre-condition for the successful implementation of the political targets is the use of safe, high-quality components and PV systems that are adapted to international standards.

Currently, quality issues are common in installed PV systems and locally manufactured components. Additionally, the quality of imported components cannot always be assured. The national quality infrastructure (QI) – including standardization, metrology, testing, inspection, certification and accreditation – plays a vital role in assuring the quality of PV systems. This paper provides recommendations for the development of quality infrastructure services to address quality gaps in the sector and thus foster acceptance and bankability of the technology in Indonesia.

The main recommendations regarding the development of quality infrastructure for the PV sector to support the Government of Indonesia in achieving its target to install 6.5 GWp PV capacity by 2025 are as follows:

Quality infrastructure development, as well as relevant regulations and other framework conditions for the PV sector, need to be addressed with a holistic approach. The decision on which quality infrastructure services should be the priority depends on the approach and focus chosen for PV development. It also needs to be considered that building up competence in the national quality infrastructure institutions takes time. Therefore, it must be prioritized which services to be provided are essential in Indonesia and for which services a coordination with quality infrastructure institutions with existing capabilities in the region can be established.