Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan, the ministry’s renewable energy and energy conservation Director General Rida Mulyana, and House of Representatives’ lawmaker Tamsil Linrung visited the Tolo I wind power plant in Jeneponto, South Sulawesi, on Friday.
The 72-megawatt (MW) power plant in Jeneponto is part of the 3,500 MW power plant construction acceleration project, as well as part of the government’s effort to achieve a 23 percent renewable energy target by 2025.
Jonan appreciated the construction of the Jolo I wind power plant that has reached 96 percent of completion, surpassing the initial target. The fast construction will enable the public to gain the benefits of the power plant soon.
“I would like to say thanks. This project has progressed well and the construction is a few months quicker than expected. I am very impressed with the cooperation and contribution of the local residents,” the minister said.
Jonan also appreciated the cooperation between PT Energi Bayu Jeneponto and the local community through a corporate social responsibility program.
“The cooperation between the management of the Tolo I wind power plant and the local community set an example. We still have a lot of major construction projects in the electricity and energy field,” Jonan said.
The Tolo I wind power plant is located in Lengke-lengkese village, Binamu subdistrict, Jeneponto, South Sulawesi. The Tolo I wind power plant has 20 wind turbines, each with the capacity of 3.6 MW and is equipped with 63-meter blades. The 11.85 US cent/kWh rate is based on the power purchase agreement between the consortium of PT Redaya Energy Pte and PT Global Pacific Energy with state electricity firm PLN.
The Tolo I wind power plant, which will commence operations on Nov. 21, is built with a US$160.7 million investment.
The project’s main contractor is PT Pembangunan Perumahan Tbk, which uses around 42 percent of locally made components. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo attended The Tolo I wind power plant’s groundbreaking ceremony on July 2, which coincided with the inauguration of the Sidrap wind power plant in South Sulawesi.
During its construction, the Tolo I wind power plant employed 250 Indonesian workers, 122 of whom were local residents. Only 27 foreign workers were involved in the construction. The wind power plant will only employ one foreign worker when it begins its operation.