Rooftop solar in Indonesia: Heading the right direction?

Published onApril 2, 2020

The Indonesian government has announced plans to install rooftop solar panels on at least 800 public buildings across the country this year, according to news sources. This is a positive step in its efforts to reduce Indonesia’s reliance on fossil fuels. Sources suggest that in order to achieve this target, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) has allocated just under USD 13 million to install panels on boarding schools, clinics, orphanages, government offices and police stations in some 17 provinces.  More could be done with the support of private investment and there are (or should be) more opportunities to innovate and integrate renewables into smarter infrastructure assets. Anticipation continues to grow in relation to new draft electricity regulations in Indonesia, which were due to be finalized and issued in late 2019 / early 2020.