UK pledges $19.5m in grant for clean energy in Indonesia
The United Kingdom has pledged 15 million pounds (US$19.5 million) in grants to Indonesia to accelerate the development of low-carbon energy in the country.
The grants will be used to finance four programs, namely matchmaking between the private sector and the government, capacity building for stakeholders, policy making assistance and pilot projects in rural or remote regions.
British Ambassador to Indonesia, ASEAN and Timor Leste Moazzam Malik told the press on Wednesday that the grants would start to be disbursed in June this year and were scheduled to be completed within four years.
“We also hope that the agreement can bridge UK clean energy businesspeople with Indonesia’s businessmen. Hence, we will set up a dialogue event,” he said.
The pilot projects to be funded by the grants will focus on eastern Indonesia, where the economy and electricity coverage lag behind other regions.
Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry secretary general Ego Syahrial, who represented the government in the agreement, said one of the pilot renewable-power projects would be located on Sumba Island in East Nusa Tenggara.
Moazzam said the UK possessed leading technology in developing wind energy, tidal energy, photovoltaic solar panels and micro-hydro power plants.
The agreement will establish a cooperation framework between the UK and Indonesia on sharing technical knowledge, advice, skills and expertise on low-carbon energy development. (bbn)
Source: Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, The Jakarta Post