West Nusa Tenggara holds RE, EE Workshop for Mataram City and Sumbawa Regency

(in photo above) The participants of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Identification and Prioritization Workshop for Mataram City and Sumbawa Regency.

Indonesia’s West Nusa Tenggara (WNT) province has tremendous renewable energy potential owing to its plentiful and undeveloped clean energy sources. The province undertook a renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) identification and prioritization workshop with Mataram City and Sumbawa Regency last 20 April 2022 to explore potential ways of utilizing the untapped resources.

The workshop was conducted under the 100% Renewables – Cities & Regions Roadmap program wherein WNT is the main project city and Mataram City and Sumbawa Regency are network cities.

Participating in the workshop were relevant local stakeholders, including representatives from the local governments’ Department of Energy and Mineral Resources (DESDM), Development Planning Agency (BAPPEDA), Department of Transportation, Department of Industry, Department of Agriculture and Plantations, and the academe. 

Representatives from Mataram City discussing possible renewable energy and energy efficiency projects during the workshop.

The identification and prioritization workshop considered key elements such as (1) the existing policies and regulations at the national, provincial, and city/district levels, (2) the feasibility of the proposed project locations in accordance with the available space, and (3) potential support from various parties. 

Ir. Zainal Abidin, M.Si, head of the WNT DESDM, stated that the 100% RE 2050 target is possible to achieve, especially through the exploration of financing tools. “With limited funds allocated at the provincial and city levels, investments from other parties can provide hope for the region to develop RE and EE projects and therefore increase the ratio of renewable sources in the energy mix,” said Zainal.

Dr. Ir. Hj. Sitti Rohmi Djalilah, M.Pd., WNT Deputy Governor, noted that developing electric vehicles (EVs) such as electric buses could be a promising project. “We hope that the external parties could also support the implementation of energy efficiency in government buildings,” said Sitti.

Representatives from Sumbawa Regency discussing possible renewable energy and energy efficiency projects during the workshop.

The workshop resulted in the identification of several potential RE/EE projects in the two satellite cities. The results also align with the initial status report and the energy modeling result, both of which highlighted solar energy as a main component of reaching the province’s 100% RE target. Owing to its practicality, solar photovoltaic technology and projects are popularly used in areas such as public street lighting, agriculture, and EV charging stations.

Other renewable and energy efficiency projects were also proposed, including biogas, micro-hydro power plant, waste to energy, biomass plant, and building retrofitting. 

The identified projects will serve as a reference for developing bankable proposals that will support the implementation of the WNT 100% RE roadmap in the future.

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