The Indonesian government remains devoted to its commitment of establishing an eco-friendly National Capital City (IKN), with a focus on sustainable practices. A crucial step in this direction involves the implementation of Solar Power Plants (PLTS) with a substantial 50 MW capacity.
The construction of this solar facility is planned on a 100-hectare expanse in the Sepaku District, North Penajam Paser Regency, East Kalimantan. Envisioned to fulfill 10% of the electricity requirements for IKN Nusantara, the PLTS represents a significant leap toward a greener metropolis.
Arifin Tasrif, the head of the Ministery of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), shared key details of the project’s timeline in a press conference. “The green city project, including the 10 MW solar power plant in Nusantara has been implemented. The commercial operation date (COD) is next month, and the 40MW plant's COD will be mid-2024,” he affirmed.
The 50 MW solar power plant aligns with the government’s broader strategy to strengthen new and renewable energy within IKN Nusantara. The overarching goal is to ensure that 80% of the capital’s total electricity needs are met through renewables sources by 2045.
As part of the infrastructure development, a 50 MW capacity substation and transmission will accompany the PLTS construction, providing a reliable source of electricity during the plant’s implementation.
In addition to solar power, the government has outlined plans to incorporate natural gas into the energy mix for the new capital. The approval of the IKN Natural Gas Commercial Scheme, supported by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and Pertamina Group, marks another significant stride toward a sustainable and energy-diverse future for the IKN.
Meanwhile, state-owned electricity frim PLN has installed public electric vehicle charging stations in Nusantara, as EVs will be the primary means of transportation in the new capital.