Energy Globe World Award 2019
Finalist in the category Energy for All
Selaras Daya Utama has successfully developed three 10 kWp off-grid solar power plants for three remote and isolated villages in Papua and West Papua. Each of the solar power plants produces more than 50 kWh per day and is able to support a school with more than 200 students and its clinic, catering not only for the students but also the local community. This solution substantially reduces the deforestation and consequently CO2 emissions.
One of the main reasons behind the development challenges in Papua and West Papua is the lack of access to electricity, i. e. low electrification ratio. The island of Papua is largely mountainous and the majority of the island is covered with heavy tropical rainforest. A few tribes are living there, most of them in different locations in remote and isolated highlands, making this Indonesian island sparsely populated.
In the initial stage, an educational institution was identified that is active in providing education in Papua, especially to tribes located in remote and isolated areas in the highlands. After signing an agreement to collaborate, a technical team was sent to gather the information needed to design the solar power solution by surveying the sites and understanding the required electricity load pattern for the schools and clinics.
The decision to empower the local Papuans as part of the construction team was one of the most innovative approaches in the projects resulting in multiple benefits, from increasing the confidence of the local people in the technology and its operation and maintenance aspects. On top of this, this approach also saved a significant amount of project expenses since sending the whole team from the main island of Java to Papua would have increased the project budget by at least 30%.