Empowering communities in rural Indonesia

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Indonesia 2017/02/07

7 February 2017

In Indonesia, about half of the population does not have access to modern energy services. The affected people, however, are resourceful and take energy supply in their own hands.

Transporting the turbine to its assigned use

Mengangkut Turbin 2 small.jpg Transporting the turbine to its assigned use

Electric energy is in short supply throughout Indonesia. About 1.6 million households are not connected to the electricity grid. The country is scattered with non-electrified villages located in sparsely populated, rural areas on various small islands. The affected communities, however, are resourceful and take electricity supply in their own hands. They demonstrate how locally sourced renewable energy can be a real alternative to centralised energy supply.

EnDev Indonesia together with the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and local communities implements mini-hydro and solar power plants. Communities are supported to operate and administer the power plants autonomously. There are two key components implemented by EnDev in Indonesia: 1) basic technical quality assurance and sustainability enhancement through the mini grid service package (MSP) instrument, and 2) institutionalising rural electrification support to local stakeholders.

Through EnDev, many rural communities have gained access to reliable electricity supply. It has impacted people’s lives at home as well as their economic outlook, even making them part of the renewable energy value chain. Today, Pak Linggi, an agro-mechanical engineer, employs 25 staff in his turbine and hydro power equipment company. To read more about distributed energy supply projects in Indonesia, head over to this article on mongabay.com. And to read more about EnDev Indonesia’s interventions, see here.