The 1000 Islands – Renewable Energy for Electrification Programme (REEP) organized its first annual event which promotes greater participation of private sector in developing renewable energy (RE) in the island grids. The 2018 Indonesian – German Renewable Energy Day (RE-Day) was held on 21 November in Jakarta and was attended by over 300 participants. The event brought together key players in RE sector from private sector, government, think-tanks and academicians to explore not only challenges but also opportunities in improving RE project investment in small islands in Indonesia.
Themed with accelerating RE deployment in island grids, the event was opened by Director General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation of Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Mr Rida Mulyana, Ambassador of Germany for Indonesia Dr. Peter Schoof and REEP Principal Advisor Dr Rudolf Rauch.
Mr Rida conveyed Indonesia’s continuous effort to increase RE share in national energy mix, but he also highlighted some remaining challenges and would like to adopt the energy transition process from Germany. In the opening remarks, Dr Schoof emphasized both countries could cooperate to share lessons-learned on energy transition to speed up transition process. Meanwhile, Dr Rauch shared three lessons-learned such as starting with small scale power projects, investing on private sector engagement and devising energy solution that matches needs of Indonesian people.