Dutch renewable energy consultant Pondera Consult announced this weekend that it has opened an office in Jakarta. The company has been exploring opportunities for cooperation in Indonesia since 2016.
Indonesia has an ever increasing power demand and serious ambitions to start its own energy transition. The country has many natural resources. One of the identified renewable energy sources is wind. A potential of 9.3 GW has been calculated for onshore wind. The Indonesian government is aiming for 1.8 GW of installed wind capacity by 2025.
Wind energy is just in its starting phase. This year the first ever utility scale wind farm, the Sidrap Wind Farm, was opened in Sulawesi. With 75 MW, it is currently the largest wind farm in South East Asia.
Pondera South East Asia
The new office is led by Mr. Chandra Soemitro. He studied at the University in Delft and has 10 years experience in renewable energy. He is also the co-founder of the Indonesian Wind Energy Association. In an interview on the website of Pondera Consult he explains the strategic choice for the office location. Indonesia is the largest economy in Southeast Asia, with an attractive demographics and strong demand for energy. Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia, but also the headquarter of the South East Asian Countries Organization (ASEAN). All relevant authorities to develop wind and solar projects around the country are based here.
The Indonesian branch will be offering the same services as by Pondera Consult. In addition, it will be focusing on initiating wind farm and potentially solar projects. It is currently working on a 3 MW wind farm on the island Sumba and is also initiating a number of larger wind farms.
WindDays in Indonesia in 2019
The company also announced that its South East Asia branche will be organising a WindDays in Bali, Indonesia on 7 and 8 October 2019 to explore opportunities for Dutch companies to assist the Indonesian government, state companies and private companies in developing wind farms and hybrid solutions with wind, solar and energy storage.
Source and photo: Pondera Consult