The 50 MW Solar Power Plant Will Contribute to the Electricity Needs of IKN

rooftop solar panel on the grid

The ongoing development of the Nusantara National Capital City (IKN) is making significant strides, with the latest initiative focusing on the establishment of a solar power plant (PLTS) boasting a total capacity of 50 megawatts (MW). Scheduled for commercial operation in the middle of this year, this PLTS is anticipated to contribute substantially, meeting approximately 10% of the electricity demand in IKN Nusantara.

The impetus for this development stems from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), which envisions this solar power plant project unfolding across an expansive 100-hectare terrain in the Sepaku District of North Penajam Paser Regency, East Kalimantan.

Minister of ESDM, Arifin Tasrif, shed light on the progress of the Green City project within IKN, stating, “Initiatives are underway, including the imminent commercial operations of a 10 MW PLTS next month in 2024. Subsequently, a 40 MW PLTS is poised for commercial operation in the mid-year of 2024.”

Arifin elaborated on the larger context, highlighting that the establishment of the 50 MW PLTS is a pivotal component of the government’s broader strategy to advance new and renewable energy (EBT) in IKN Nusantara. The government’s overarching goal is for 80% of IKN Nusantara’s electricity requirements to be met through EBT by the year 2045.

In addition to the PLTS construction, plans include the development of a 50 MW substation, strategically positioned to serve as a reliable power source during the construction phase of the PLTS in IKN.

Arifin emphasized, “A 50 MW substation and its associated transmission infrastructure will be deployed to seamlessly manage the impact of the PLTS production.”

Positioned as the primary eco-friendly power source for IKN, the State Electricity Company (PLN) is also taking steps to facilitate electric vehicle adoption. In line with this, PLN has installed electric vehicle charging infrastructure (SPKLU) to support the integration of electric vehicles as the predominant mode of transportation in the emerging capital.

Furthermore, the sustainable energy source earmarked for powering IKN is natural gas. This strategic decision is underscored by the approval of the Commercial Natural Gas Scheme for IKN, a collaborative effort endorsed by the Ministry of ESDM and the Pertamina Group during the Gas Network Meeting for IKN in Sentul on September 1, 2023.

This marks a significant stride towards creating a technologically advanced and environmentally conscious infrastructure for the burgeoning Nusantara National Capital City.