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Indonesia Energy Ministry: Pushing for the Acceleration of the Use of Rooftop Solar Power, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources – Kemendikbudristek Launches the Solar Electricity Initiative Movement Program (GERILYA)


Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Arifin Tasrif, today, Friday (13/8), together with the Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Mendikbudristek) Nadiem Anwar Makarim have launched a new program breakthrough called the Solar Power Initiative Movement. (Gerilya) as part of the implementation of the Merdeka Learning Independent Campus learning method.

This program is intended specifically to active student level undergraduate (S-1) and vocational exact in order to help optimize the use of Solar Power Plant (PLTS) Roofing in society and achieve the target mix of New and Renewable Energy (EBT) of 23% in 2025.

“The Gerilya program will produce clean energy activists from the younger generation, who will also accelerate the use of solar rooftops and support the achievement of the 23% EBT mix target by 2025,” said Arifin at the virtual launching of the GERILYA Program.

Arifin revealed that the implementation of the Guerrilla program is one part of the process towards a clean energy transition where the potential of PLTS has a great opportunity to be implemented. “Of the various types of renewable energy, solar power will be encouraged and dominate, given the great potential and the price is getting cheaper,” said her .

In terms of investment costs, the government assesses that PLTS has experienced a significant decline and has quite competitive investment competitiveness. “In Indonesia, it can be seen in the Cirata 145 Mega Watt (MW) floating PLTS which is the largest floating PLTS in Southeast Asia, with a selling price of electricity of around 5.8 cents per kWh,” said Arifin.

Currently, the installed solar rooftop capacity , continued Arifin, is only 31 MW out of a total potential of around 32 Giga Watt (GW) both in Households, Business, Industry, Social Affairs as well as in Government and BUMN Buildings. “We are perfecting the solar rooftop regulation to make it more attractive. Therefore, we are optimistic that the use of solar rooftop can be accelerated. For that, it takes an active role from all parties, including students and the younger generation,” he said .

P there is the same occasion, the Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology ( Mendikbudristek ) Nadiem Anwar Makarim said that innovations in the field of clean energy creation became one of the alternatives to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Merdeka Campus collaboration with GERILYA is believed to be able to provide solutions for creating clean energy for the community and contribute to efforts to slow the pace of climate change.

“The guerrilla is one of the independent study activities of the Merdeka Campus that produces clean energy activists with the intelligence to innovate,” said the Minister of Education and Culture.

Minister Nadiem is optimistic that students participating in the GERILYA Program will play a major role in continuing the sustainable development mission. “For a developed Indonesia and a protected earth,” he said.

During the learning process the Guerrilla Program was held on the SPADA INDONESIA platform, as a national learning platform provided by the Directorate General of Higher Education, Research, and Technology.

Arifin also called for similar support. He hopes for support from all parties to make the program a success as part of efforts to implement the energy transition and educate the nation.

“I also invite the practitioner, lecturer, speaker experts and other young people helped to p engajar and m entor. Support from stakeholders is very important in the success of Guerrilla Program,” said Arifin.

Director of New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE) Dadan Kusdiana explained that the GERILYA Program will involve 15 professional teachers and be supported by 20 mentors to educate the importance of using clean energy, as well as play an active role in increasing the installed capacity of Indonesian rooftop solar power plants.


Until 2020, the use of solar energy in Indonesia has only absorbed 153.4 MW of a total potential of more than 207.8 GW. Especially for Rooftop PLTS, consumption increased by more than 1000% compared to the beginning of 2018. There were 4,000 customers who installed Rooftop PLTS from previously only 350 customers.

“Hopefully this program of cooperation between the two ministries will further encourage the acceleration of the use of solar energy in Indonesia, as well as increase the capacity of human resources, especially the younger generation,” concluded Dadan.

As a legal umbrella for the implementation of cooperation , on the same occasion a Cooperation Agreement (PKS) was signed between the Bureau of Communication, Public Information Services and Cooperation with the Secretariat of the Directorate General of Higher Education, Research, and Technology.

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