goodmorningpapua.com – PT PLN (Persero) supports the government in carrying out the G20 strategic issue regarding a sustainable clean energy transition. This support is realized through the Sorong Ultimate for Electrifying – Surya For the Country (SuperSUN) innovation to electrify villages in the foremost, outermost and underdeveloped areas (3T).
This innovation created by PLN personnel is a breakthrough in the midst of the condition that there are still 346 complete dark villages and 4,061 pre-electrified villages. SuperSun is a solution to the geographical challenges of rural locations in 3T areas that are difficult to serve. Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Arifin Tasrif while attending the Energy Transitions Youth Forum, said that the energy transition requires the involvement of all parties, especially the younger generation.
Arifin appreciated PLN in supporting the younger generation to be actively involved in the development of EBT through PLN’s SuperSUN Innovation. A PLN Executive Vice President Technology & Engineering, Zainal Arifin said, SuperSUN is a program to electrify 3T areas that no longer have to depend on fuel. By means of the SuperSUN program, PLN is able to electrify 3T areas with renewable energy that is cheaper and can be installed directly without a large investment.
Starting from a pilot project to realize a bright Papua, SuperSUN was then able to support the acceleration of the electrification ratio (RE) and the ratio of electrified villages (RDB) of 100 percent in order to realize equitable energy. This program also aims to electrify the 3T area by using new and renewable energy from solar power. The breakthrough by PLN personnel in Sorong stems from the condition of Yarweser Village, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua, which is pitch black and left behind because there is no light at night. Some houses have private generators and spend IDR 50 thousand to IDR 100 thousand for lighting for 6-12 hours only.
SuperSUN is like a generator using solar energy as fuel. Therefore, there are no emissions from combustion gases released by SuperSun. This tool can be operated in a hybrid way from renewable energy and runs 24 hours and is anti-blackout. Equipped with lithium battery storage, this tool can also be used to charge electric motors and meet household electrical needs such as induction cookers or other electronic devices.
Zainal said that the implementation of SuperSUN is quite simple and is already connected to the customer’s device so that it is monitored online and in real time starting from the 2G (EDGE) network. At the prototype implementation stage, on March 9, 2021, the test results of the SuperSUN prototype device showed very good performance in Yarweser Village using a 900 VA prepaid kWh meter.
Then, the device is used for the installation of 30 potential customers with an installed power of 900 watts to 2,000 watts and requires an investment cost of around IDR 370 million.
According to Zainal, this figure is lower than the use of electric tubes and electric energy charging stations (SPEL), PLTS Communal, PLTMH, PLTBayu and PLTD. Zainal added, the presence of SuperSUN has proven to provide many benefits and supports the energy transition program run by the government in order to achieve net zero emissions by 2060. PLN will implement SuperSUN innovation in a number of areas massively because it is very easy and fast to implement.