Indonesia may add 66 GW of solar by 2030, says IRENA

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says that solar could become the backbone of Indonesia’s energy system by 2030. However, the nation’s own expectations are still far off from IRENA’s scenarios.

IRENA expects Indonesia’s power sector to experience a “radical transformation” by 2050, according to its recently published “Indonesia Energy Transition Outlook” report. The share of renewables in the country’s electricity generation mix could hit 85% by 2050, from around 12% in 2011, said IRENA.

Solar is expected to become the backbone of this transformation, accounting for 798 GW of the total 1,000 GW under the “least ambitious” scenario. PV accounts for up to 840 GW under the “most ambitious” scenario. For that, Indonesia will need to add 66 GW of new solar capacity to its generation mix by 2030.

To achieve this goal, the nation would need to invest $44 billion in solar. Investment in other renewable technologies would amount to $39 billion, with an additional investment of $75 billion on grid infrastructure also being required. Battery storage would need a $5.5 billion investment and EV charging infrastructure would need $22 billion.

Indonesia’s own expectations are still far off from IRENA’s scenarios, however. The country’s 2021-30 electricity plan, released last year, set a renewables target of 23% by 2030, under its “optimum” scenario.  The country currently has around 190 MW of installed solar capacity, according to Apricum.

In May, Saudi Arabian developer ACWA Power won a bid to develop 110 MW of floating solar in water reservoirs, 50 MW on the island of Sumatra, and 60 MW on Java.

In April, Singapore-based Quantum Power Asia and Germany’s ib vogt announced plans to invest $5 billion in a 3.5 GW solar and 12 GW storage project.

In January alone, Indonesia installed 51.2 MW of rooftop solar PV capacity, including commercial and industrial (C&I) and residential projects, according to data from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

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