The Indonesian and German governments marked 25 years of bilateral cooperation in renewable energy with the 2018 Indonesian-German Renewable Energy Day (RE Day) Forum, which was held on November 21 (Photo: Antara)
 
Jakarta (VNA) – The Indonesian and German governments marked 25 years of bilateral cooperation in renewable energy with the 2018 Indonesian-German Renewable Energy Day (RE Day) Forum, which was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 21.

The forum is expected to strengthen cooperation between Indonesia and Germany in the future, and provide innovative technology solutions for the development of renewable energy in Indonesia.

General Director of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation at the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Rida Mulyana affirmed that his government is committed to providing wider access to energy for all Indonesians, by means of infrastructure development and optimising the potential of local energy resources.

To make it happen, the Indonesian Government has been exerting sincere efforts, including increasing the electrification rate to 99.9 percent in 2019 and maximising the use of renewable energy to ensure power consumption is sustainable and affordable.

Mulyana voiced his hope that the cooperation between Indonesia and Germany would help Indonesia overcome its challenges in developing renewable energy and increase its capacity to reach set targets.

Meanwhile, Programme Coordinator for Renewable Energy in Indonesia and ASEAN for GIZ Rudolf Rauch stated that Indonesia has enormous potential in renewable energy, such as solar power.

However, the use of solar energy sources in Indonesia is currently only around 0.09 GWp (gigawatt-peak). By contrast, in Germany 45 GW of electricity is generated from solar power.

In addition to geothermal energy, Indonesia also has room for other renewable energies, such as hydro energy, bioenergy, and wind power, with various upcoming projects in the future.

On the occasion, two memoranda of understanding (MoU) regarding capacity building and enhancing the role of associations in renewable energy development were signed between the two nations.–VNA