Based on a recent report published by PT Xurya Daya Indonesia (Xurya)- a rooftop solar panel leasing and service company in Jakarta, the number of rooftop solar panels has escalated significantly in the recent years.
The managing director of the company- Eka Himawan confirmed on Wednesday that there was a sharp increase in the number of companies and households opting for solar energy to meet their electricity demands. Furthermore, solar energy helped to reduce electricity costs by up to 20 percent, Himawan added.
“Demand for solar panels has increased significantly and we’re at a phase where it’s getting hard for supply to keep up with demand,” Himawan commented.
According to figures released by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s data, solar panels in Indonesia increased from 351 users in January 2018 to 1,580 users in December 2019. The total amount of electricity produced from rooftop solar panels as a result rose to around 4.92 megawatt as of December 2019.
The growth of increased solar energy in Indonesia will further also support the government’s target to achieve 23 percent renewable power production energy mix by 2025 as directed by the General National Energy Planning road map.
The country closed 2019 with a 12.36 percent renewable mix, which is less than the 17.5 percent annual target on the road map.
In wake of the current figures, ministry’s renewable energy technical subdirectorate head, Martha Sibarani said, “Most solar panels have been installed on houses. If industries and businesses also use solar panels, then we’re sure that the share of renewable energy would spike.”
Himawan further stated solar panel’s safety is the biggest challenge faced by Xurya, despite the increasing growth of panels.
“Many companies think that electrical currents from solar panels could disrupt their electrical equipment. It’s totally untrue,” he explained.