Eco Friendly Energy Illuminates the Village in the Arfak Mountains – PLN together with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources through the Directorate General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (DG EBTKE) continue to accelerate to electrify 3T villages at Papua and West Papua. Currently, PLN succeeded in electrifying Coisi Village and Mbingma Village, Minyambouw District, Arfak Mountains. Through 3 SPEL (Electrical Energy Charging Stations) and 94 APDAL (Electricity Distribution Equipment), the two villages are officially electrified using eco-friendly solar energy.

It is planned that a total of 47 SPEL and 1,239 APDAL will be built by the end of 2021. The SPEL and APDAL will be installed in 37 villages spread over 6 districts, namely Arfak Mountains, Tambrauw, Kaimana, Bintuni Bay, Jayawijaya and Lanny Jaya.

“Thanks to the Central Government. Previously, in some of our villages it was dark at 6 (afternoon). No more activity. But now at night we can do activities because there are lights,” said the Regent of Arfak Mountains, Yosias Saroi in his remarks at the Launching and Socialization of SPEL and APDAL in Coisi Village, Arfak Mountains December 6, 2021.

This synergy is an effort by PLN and the Directorate General of EBTKE to ensure that villages that do not have electricity in Papua and West Papua can be immediately illuminated. In its implementation, PLN is responsible for providing SPEL, while the Directorate General of EBTKE prepares APDAL for the community.

“In mid-2020, Mr. President Joko Widodo ordered the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and PLN to electrify 433 villages that do not yet have electricity in Papua, West Papua, Maluku and Nusa Tenggara, including Kampung Coisi. For electrifying these villages, it needs to do the expansion of the electricity network, the construction of PLTS and other new renewable energy (EBT) plants, as well as the installation of SPEL and APDAL”, said Director General of EBTKE at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Dadan Kusdiana.

Dadan explained that each SPEL that was built could charge 8 APDALs simultaneously. With an estimated 3 light points per house, this APDAL with a capacity of 500 Wh can be used for 3 days before having to refill it.

“We hope that (SPEL and APDAL) can be properly maintained and preserved, so that they can be used for a long time,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the Executive Vice President of Planning and Control of PLN Regional Sulawesi, Maluku, Papua and Nusa Tenggara, Eman Prijono Wasito Adi said, the provision of SPEL and APDAL is one solution to electrify villages that do not have electricity. “Geographical conditions in Papua and West Papua are a challenge for us to electrify the entire region. The provision of SPEL and APDAL is a step to accelerate electrification in areas that are difficult to reach,” he concluded.

Eman added, in line with the government’s instructions, his party is intensively seeking to increase the generation of environmentally friendly fuel plants to increase the New Renewable Energy (EBT) mix in Eastern Indonesia. “Gradually we also continue to map the energy potentials that exist in the regions to be maximized into larger generators, especially EBT. Hopefully with electricity in this area, it can encourage and increase community economic activities,” he concluded.

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