Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has inaugurated a 192 MW floating solar power plant on a reservoir in West Java province as part of a drive to increase renewable energy sources and switch away from coal.
The $108 million project was developed by PLN Nusantara Power , a unit of Indonesia’s state utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and Masdar of the United Arab Emirates. The power plant was built on Cirata reservoir, 108 km southeast of Jakarta. There is a 1008 MW hydropower plant at the dam there.
Darmawan Prasodio, Chief Executive of PLN, said that the plant is the third largest floating solar plant in the world, and could be expanded up to 1000 MW capacity. He said that discussions were underway for the next phase.