Jakarta, Jubi – Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan targets illumination program by utilizing solar powered lights in the villages of Papua and West Papua which remain pitch-black to complete in 2017-2018.
“This is targeted by the government, at least this year, next year there have been lights. Importantly the lamps first, then electricity network is constructed,” he said in a media discussion ‘Indonesia-Centrist Vision: Equity in Papua’ in Jakarta, last week.
Also attending the discussion were Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimulyono, Minister of Communications and Informatics Rudiantara and Minister of Transportation Budi Karya.
Jonan said of 2,500 villages that have not been electrified or remain dark, mostly are from Papua and West Papua. There are around 136,000-140,000 households in the two provinces of the Easternmost Indonesia out of over 260 thousand households that have not been illuminated throughout Indonesia.
Jonan said in the program each of household in the area that still has not been electrified is to get a solar panel with four lights along with battery-powered charger for mobile phones.
The lamps have three illumination settings. For bright lighting, the lamps can last six hours, medium lighting will last 12 hours and dimmed lighting for sleep may last up to 60 hours.
Jonan said in the Papua Province the government will produce 365 Megawatts until 2019 and nine renewable energy sources.
Meanwhile, on the occasion, Minister Jonan also said nowadays the ministry continues to encourage the formation of premium (gasoline) and diesel fuel agents in both provinces so as to support the one-price premium policy.
He said that currently there is no longer premium priced at IDR60 thousand per liter.
“Now, if you see there is no IDR60 thousand a liter, it does not exist, at least well IDR10 thousand/liter, IDR9 thousand/liter, IDR12 thousand/liter, the most expensive [one],” he said. (*)