PT Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali and Masdar signed a project development agreement for the floating solar photovoltaic power plant.
With a capacity of 200MW, the plant will cover an area of 225 hectares atop the Cirata Reservoir in the West Java province of Indonesia. The 6,000-hectare Cirata Reservoir already powers a 1GW hydroelectric power station.
"PJB is excited and looking forward to working with Masdar," said Iwan Agung Firstantara, President Director of PT PJB. "We believe this project development agreement is a milestone in the development of other floating PV solar power plants; this 200MW project will be the largest project of its kind in Indonesia and PJB-Masdar will be a pioneer of floating PV technology. Inshallah, developing this project will be a great success and a proud achievement for Indonesia."
"Today's signing marks the entry of Masdar into South East Asia and our first project in floating solar power," said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar. "The agreement with PT PJB for the world's largest floating solar power plant demonstrates Masdar's ambition as a global renewable energy leader and the strength of our industry partnerships." One of the advantages of floating solar power in tropical countries like Indonesia is that it enables renewable energy development in forested regions generally unsuitable for conventional solar power. The successful deployment of the Cirata project paves the way for the installation of floating solar power on another 60 reservoirs across Indonesia.