Government Multiplies the Use of Solar Energy for Street Lighting in Papua – The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), last week, inaugurated the installation of 450 units of Solar Street Lighting (PJU-TS) in Papua Province.

This is the government’s commitment to manage the State Revenue and Expenditure Budget (APBN) to build energy infrastructure whose benefits are felt directly by the community.

“It is a pleasure for us (the government) to be able to present energy infrastructure that can be useful in these three districts,” said Secretary of the Directorate General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE) of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Sahid Junaidi, during the inauguration of the PJU-TS in Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency, Papua, yesterday.

The installation of PJU-TS in Papua Province, continued Sahid, is a program for the 2021 Fiscal Year of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources through the Directorate General of EBTKE for the aspirations of the people submitted through Commission VII DPR. The 450 units of PJU-TS points which were inaugurated spread over three districts in Papua Province, namely Jayawijaya Regency 70 units, Lanny Jaya Regency 100 units, and Yahukimo Regency 280 units.

“All points have been installed and operating properly, providing benefits and lighting for the community,” he added. The Jayawijaya Regent John Richard Banua said the same thing.

He said that the PJU-TS that was built in his area was very useful and helped the community for street lighting and supporting activities at night.

In addition, for him, from an economic point of view, the use of PJU-TS can also help the efficiency of the Jayawijaya Regency Government’s spending for electricity bill payments, because PJU-TS does not require a source of electrical energy from PLN.

“If you build street lighting using PLN electricity, it costs the regional budget, it’s very complicated, but with this PJU-TS we can get it for free, and we don’t have to pay electricity bills,” said Richard.

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