Solar power for houses (Indonesia)

Published onAugust 8, 2019

The public campaign launched by Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan at the National Monument (Monas) in Jakarta on Sunday to promote rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar panels is part of the government’s multifaceted push to develop clean energy. The campaign is timely as it comes after the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry enacted a regulation late last year on licensing for the installation of rooftop PV solar panel systems and feed-in fees for exporting excess power into the grid of state electricity firm PLN. The regulation stipulates that the installation of a rooftop PV solar panel system requires prior verification and approval from PLN’s local distribution unit, a process that should be completed within 15 days. The electricity bills of PLN customers with rooftop PV systems will be calculated monthly, based on the kilowatt per hour (kWh) import value minus the kWh export value. The value of electricity exported from rooftop PV solar panels to the PLN grid will be calculated at 65 percent of the applicable PLN fee.