Let There be Sunlight
Kideco’s Batu Kajang mine site is going green in a big way. Throughout 2020 we made preparations for the rollout of a solar photovoltaic system to replace the electrical power currently supplied by diesel generators. The system, which goes online in 2021, will supply 450,000 kWh/year.
The savings in diesel consumption will be significant: an estimated 39,700 liters per year. That’s how much fuel it would take to power 500 houses for a year, or to drive a car 20 times around the equator. The system uses three inverters, and can be used both on-grid or off-grid, with an operational time of seven hours.
The development of this solar project is a form of Indika Energy’s commitment to using clean energy in its operations, and serves as a blueprint for similar projects in the future. Construction began in October 2020 and was completed in March 2021 by Tripatra Multi Energi (TIME), a subsidiary of Indika Energy in collaboration with partners appointed to carry out engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work.
In the long-term, the Kideco solar power system is expected to reduce diesel consumption by 45%, making electricity production costs more efficient while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Solar has long been recognized as among the most promising forms of clean and renewable energy, and development of scalable solar systems across Indonesia can help contribute toward national and international climate goals, including the Paris Agreement and the Indonesian government’s initiative to reduce emissions by up to 29% by 2030.
In addition to fuel savings, we have also been progressively reducing our fossil diesel use. Since the start of 2020, we have used B30 biodiesel, which contains 30% palm oil-based fuel by content. Besides having comparable performance as fossil diesel, B30 has significantly lower levels of both particulate and greenhouse gas emissions. We support the government’s ongoing efforts to transition to fully renewable B100 biodiesel.