Indonesia Opens Largest Floating Solar Farm in the Region


Indonesia celebrated the inauguration of the Cirata floating solar farm last Thursday, marking a collaboration between Indonesia’s Perusahaan Listrik Negara, Abu Dhabi’s Masdar, and the backing of financial support from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Societe Generale, and Standard Chartered.

With an investment of $100 million, this groundbreaking project spans a vast 200-hectare reservoir in West Java.

Comprising an impressive 340,000 solar panels, the Cirata floating solar farm is now Southeast Asia’s largest, poised to generate ample electricity to power 50,000 households.

This remarkable achievement, however, comes amid Indonesia’s ambitious yet challenging transition to clean energy. Presently, solar and wind power contribute less than one percent to the nation’s energy mix, posing a significant hurdle to achieving the government’s ambitious net-zero emissions target by 2060.


Indonesia, renowned as a major nickel producer, is strategically positioning itself in the electric vehicle market. Nevertheless, the nation faces a complex scenario as some energy-intensive nickel smelters rely on coal power, creating a paradox in its environmental pursuits. Balancing the demands of the industrial sector with eco-friendly initiatives is proving to be a formidable challenge.

Against this backdrop, the Cirata solar farm emerges as a beacon of progress, symbolizing a significant step towards a more sustainable energy landscape in the region.

As Indonesia grapples with the delicate task of harmonizing industrial needs and environmental goals, the Cirata project sets a noteworthy precedent, underscoring the nation’s commitment to navigating the complexities of a cleaner, greener future.

This achievement not only showcases the potential of renewable energy but also highlights the imperative for strategic, multi-stakeholder collaborations in driving sustainable initiatives forward.

The Cirata floating solar farm stands not only as a testament to innovation but also as a catalyst for further transformative change in Indonesia’s energy paradigm.

Ammara Ahmed

Ammara Ahmed

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