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Govt to Aid Energy Ministry in Developing Solar, Wind Power in Remote Areas

The Indonesian government this year plans to provide Rp 700 billion ($55 million) in financial aid from the state budget to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry for the development of alternative energy — mainly the construction of solar, hydropower and wind power plants — in remote areas.

“We will build a total of 12,000-kilowatt powers this year. There should be enough power for around 13,000 families” in the remote areas, the ministry’s spokesman, Alihudin Sitompul, said on Thursday.

The ministry planned on building 86 solar power plants in 17 provinces, 18 small-scale hydropower plants in 11 provinces, two hydropower plants in Papua and two wind power plants — each in West Java and East Nusa Tenggara.