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PLN looks towards solar power for remote islands

Indonesia-based state utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) is set to complete the construction of 100 solar power plants on remote islands to provide for their electricity requirements.

The project costs around $63m with the solar plants located in West Papua, North Maluku, East Nusa Tenggara, South and Southeast Sulawesi and South Kalimantan, reported Jakarta Globe.

PLN eastern Indonesia operational director Vickner Sinaga commented that the solar plants will have a total capacity of 18,150kWp and 80 of them will get constructed by the end of 2012 with the remaining expected to be completed next year.

The utility was instructed by the Indonesian government a few years ago to supply an additional 55,000MW by 2019 and increase the electrification rate of the islands.

According to Vickner the government initiated projects to add another 30,000MW of power to the national grid by 2014 through a fast-track program using coal, geothermal and hydroelectric resources.

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