First Indonesian wind farm online

INDONESIA: Independent power producer (IPP) UPC Renewables celebrated the commissioning of the country's first wind farm at a ceremony in early July.

Sidrap 1 was inaugurated on 2 July (pic credit: Siemens Gamesa)
Sidrap 1 was inaugurated on 2 July (pic credit: Siemens Gamesa)

The 75MW Sidrap I site on the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo includes 30 of Siemens Gamesa’s G114-2.5 turbines — the first use of this model in Asia, according to the manufacturer.

It is owned and operated by PT UPC Sidrap Bayu Energy — a joint-venture consisting of UPC Renewables, PT Binatek Energu Terbarukan and AC Energy Holdings.

The project "represents the first phase of a larger project of wind and solar energy with battery support", according to UPC Renewables’ website.

Financing for the $150 million project was provided by the United States’ Overseas Private Investment Corporation and Japanese financial services company the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.

Sidrap I has a 30-year power purchase agreement with state-owned utility PLN — part of a 300MW memorandum of understanding between UPC Renewables and the South Sulawesi administration.

Turbine supplier Siemens Gamesa said Indonesia is a country "with high wind energy potential". It will also provide turbines for IPP Equis Energy’s 72MW Tolo 1 project in the south of the Sulawesi province.

The south-east Asian country has set a target of adding 35GW of energy capacity by 2020 — of which renewables would provide 23%, or around 8GW. 

Proposals have also been made to supply Indonesia with clean electricity from a 6GW wind and solar hybrid plant in Australia via subsea cables. 

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