UPC Renewables to construct 150 MW wind farm in Malaysia

UPC Renewables is set to begin construction of a 150 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Malaysia. The project will come up in Sukabumi, West Java, according to a report in the Jakarta Post.

The report added that the project, which could mark a milestone in the use of wind power in Indonesia, was targeted for completion in 2024.

The development of the Sukabumi wind farm is intended to contribute wind-generated electricity to the Java-Bali grid and help the government reach its goal of 23 per cent renewables in the national energy mix by 2025, as per the National Energy Policy.

The wind farm project, valued at Rp 3.3 trillion, is classified as a strategic project in West Java province. UPC Renewables is currently waiting for a presidential regulation (Perpres) on the West Java accelerated development plan, under which the Sukabumi wind farm is to be designated a “Priority 1” project, according to reports.

“The Sukabumi wind farm will likely be the largest in South-East Asia,” according to West Java Deputy Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum who said this during a visit to the proposed site of the Sukabumi wind farm on September 8.

Benefitting local communities

UPC Renewables senior development manager Kalla Primista said that promoting the Sukabumi wind farm as a tourist destination would integrate economic, environmental and cultural goals for benefiting the local community.

“The project is expected to provide economic benefits and have a sustainable positive impact,” he said in a statement.

UPC Renewables also developed and launched the operation of the 100-hectare Sidrap wind farm in South Sulawesi, the first utility-scale wind power project in the country.

The Sidrap wind farm was developed as part of the government’s 35,000 MW power generation programme, and has a capacity of 75 MW, enough to supply power to tens of thousands of households.

Additionally, state-owned electricity company PLN and UPC Renewables signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the Sukabumi wind farm, witnessed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, in 2015 in Washington, DC.

PLN spokesman Agung Murdifi said the new power plant would be developed in alignment with the electricity procurement plan (RUPTL) and adapted to meet the local electricity demand.

Earlier this month, PLN said that it is collaborating with the Greenland International Industrial Centre (GIIC) Kota Deltamas industrial area for Indonesia’s first national data centre.

Located in Cikarang, West Java, the project is part of the government’s vision of becoming a hub for international data centres, according to a report in the JakartaPost.

“PLN will always support the transition to new and renewable energy,” Agung told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Vincent Liew

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