Tuesday, 30th May 2017

President calls for improvement in sustainable energy

9th May 2017 | 1.784 Views
Jayapura (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) here on Tuesday stated that the government will support the construction of power plants generating energy from sustainable resources such as solar, wind, and water.

"Oil and coal are non-renewable sources of energy that could run out in the future. Therefore, we should find some alternatives other than the existing resources," Jokowi stated while launching electricity projects in Papua Provinces capital city, Jayapura.

As a tropical country, Indonesia has abundant resources of solar energy that can be optimized in the forthcoming electricity projects, the president reiterated.

Jokowi further noted that following todays launch, the government will develop more sustainable power plants which no longer use oil and coal.

Therefore, he has assigned the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry to construct the mini solar plant in the provinces remote areas.

"This project, which is scheduled to be complete in 2019, will cover some 600 villages," Jokowi noted.

Todays launching ceremony was part of the presidents working visit, which started from May 6 to 10 to some provinces, including Aceh, South Kalimantan, North Maluku, and Papua.

Following the ceremony, the president is scheduled to launch the Mama Jayapura Market and visit the construction site of Wamena-Habema highway in the provinces Jayawijaya District.

Earlier on Monday, Jokowi, who was accompanied by the First Lady Iriana, launched three new ports, including Tapaleo, Wayabuka, and Bicoli in North Maluku Province.

After the launching ceremony, Jokowi also introduced some programs such as the Kartu Indonesia Sehat (KIS) for universal healthcare, the Kartu Indonesia Pintar (KIP) for free education, as well as the Program Keluarga Harapan (PKH) for family planning.(*)