Published on October 28th, 2012 | by Mridul Chadha1
First Solar Partners with PJB Services to Build 100MW Solar PV Projects in Indonesia
US thin-film panel provider First Solar has signed a memorandum of understanding with PT. Pembangkitan Jawa Bali Services (PJB Services) for the development of 100 MW of utility-scale solar PV power plants in Indonesia.
“Indonesia has an increasingly urgent need for reliable, cost-effective energy resources. The agreement with PJB Services facilitates an ideal collaboration to provide Indonesia with the needed solution,” said Won Park, First Solar’s Senior Manager of Business Development and Sales in Southeast Asia.
This deal marks the first development of utility-scale solar photovoltaic power projects for PJB Services, a leading service provider for operation and maintenance of conventional power projects in Indonesia. This agreement seems to be a part of First Solar’s strategy of foraying into the fast-growing sustainable energy markets worldwide.
First Solar will provide its high efficiency advanced thin-film PV modules and related components for the 100 MW solar PV power projects including hybrid systems.
“We are excited by the opportunity to collaborate with a world leader in solar energy for the development of utility-scale PV power plants in Indonesia,” said Bernadus Sudarmanta, President of PJB Services.
First Solar has been steadily foraying into the Asian solar energy markets. Recently, First Solar has bagged a deal for the supply of its panels to two solar photovoltaic power plants to be constructed in India’s Rajasthan state.
Indonesian government plans to generate 17% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025. At present, 5.7% of electricity is from renewable sources, 24.5% is from coal and 20.1% from gas.
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