Indonesia improves rules for rooftop PV 2019-10-30

The government has amended two regulations and introduced a new one to spur development of rooftop PV. The new provisions increase the size of systems eligible for net metering payments and reduce fees for industrial installations.

The government of Indonesia appears to have accepted the net metering scheme it introduced in November to drive rooftop PV has proven ineffective.The authorities said they hoped the program would lead to 1 GW of rooftop capacity but industry insiders complained the tariff on offer for excess power fed into the grid was too low.

The nation’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has reportedly now tweaked the MEMR Regulation No. 49/2018 net metering legislation.


Through MEMR Ministerial Regulation No. 16/2019, which also amends the above-mentioned net metering regulation, the government has reduced the period during which capacity fees are paid by industrial PV rooftop customers, from 40 hours per month to five.

And, through MEMR Regulation No. 49/2019, the authorities have reportedly reduced the capacity costs industrial customers have to pay to state-owned utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN).

“With the high potential of solar energy(solar pv mounting systems), and in the effort to achieve the general national energy plan target [through] those three regulations related to the rooftop power plants(rooftop solar panel mounting systems)  issued by [former] Minister [Ignasius] Jonan, we believe that this can [incentivize] … PLN customers to install rooftop solar and trigger the use of solar energy(mounting systems for solar energy) in Indonesia to achieve [the] 6.5 GW [capacity] target by 2025,” said Fabby Tumiwa, executive director of the IESR.

According to recent data published by solar resource mapping company Solargis and the World Bank, Indonesia has the technical potential to deploy up to 655 GWp of cumulative rooftop PV capacity. The nation’s PV capacity stood at around 60 MW at the end of last year, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.The installation of the rooftop solar projects,it will still require a large quantities of the solar panel mounting systems for panel installation.

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