Energy has become a staple of people around the world. Due to the large human dependence on energy, humans seek to renew energy sources to anticipate the scarcity of energy resources, especially energy derived from unrenewable resources such as natural gas and fossil. Indonesia is one of the countries with abundant energy resources potential, Minister of Energy and mineral resources Ignasius Jonan said that one of the potential energy resources sourced from wind power of 75 MW that one of them in the District Sidenreng Rappang (Sidrap), South Sulawesi.
This potential is utilized by the Indonesian government by building the first Wind Power Plant (PLTB) in Indonesia, using a giant windmill in the village of Mattirotasi, Sidrap, South Sulawesi. By utilizing the land of approximately 100 hectares (ha), Sidrap PLTB can generate 75 megawatts of electricity flowing electricity to about 80 thousand households 900 VA customers in South Sulawesi.
Sidrap PLTB is the largest power plant in Indonesia. The plan, this afternoon Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan will accompany President Joko Widodo to inaugurate and groundbreaking the six Sulawesi Electricity Infrastructure Projects. The location of the inauguration was centered in Mattirotasi Village, Watangpulu Subdistrict, Sidenreng Rappang Regency, South Sulawesi Province.
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The Inaugural Electricity Infrastructure Project inaugurated and groundbreaking has been implemented with a total capacity of 757 megawatts (MW) with the investment value of more than USD1,168 billion. The infrastructure project also absorbs up to 4,480 workers from construction to operational. The power plant is part of the 35,000 MW electricity program.
Power Plant that has been inaugurated, namely:
– Sidenreng Rappang (Sidrap) Wind power plant with a capacity of 75 MW
– Punagaya Steam Power Plant (PLTU), capacity 2×100 MW.
– Steam Power Plant Independent Power Producer (IPP) Jeneponto Capacity Expansion 2×135 MW.
With the availability of adequate electricity is expected to move the wheel of development and investment that has been centralized in the western part of Indonesia shifted to the east.
A total of 30 windmills with a tower height of 80 meters and a propeller length of 57 meters, each drives a 2.5 MW turbine. Sidrap I PLTB has been in operation by the end of March 2018 and can flow more than 70,000 power customers with 900 VA power. Domestic component level (TKDN) of PLTB Sidrap I reaches 40%.
The inauguration of PLTB Sidrap I is the commitment of the Indonesian government to realize the combined primary energy and renewable energy (EBT) of 23% in 2025. With this additional electricity, Indonesia’s electrification ratio is currently around 96.6%, while electrification ratio in South Sulawesi has reached more than 99%.