Ngurah Rai Airport to Use Solar Technology to Fulfill Power Needs


The Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali plans to use solar power to support its daily operations in its bid to pioneer the establishment of the first eco-airport in Indonesia and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The commitment was made on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2013 on Tuesday, where state-owned airport management PT Angkasa Pura signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the PT Sintesa Group and U.S.-based SunEdison for the development of green technology.

“We will start with the Ngurah Rai Airport. Hopefully in the future, more airports in Indonesia will use solar power,” PT Angkasa Pura Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tommy Soetomo said after the signing of the MoU.

The Ngurah Rai Airport currently needs 14 to 15 Megawatts (MW) of power each year. The state-owned electricity company PT PLN fulfils its power requirement at present. However, the current consumption is not enough to support the entire airport’s operations. Hence an alternative energy source, such as solar power is needed.

Soetomo expressed optimism about the success of the project as the PT Sintesa Group has been working on similar projects in countries, such as Malaysia and Singapore. However, the construction of the project is likely to start at the end of 2014 after a feasibility study has been conducted.

The CEO of PT Sintesa Group Shinta Widjaja Kamdani noted that a project worth US$45 million could provide 15 MW of power for the Ngurah Rai Airport. Once completed, the project will reportedly reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 200,000 tons per year.

Meanwhile, Pashupathy Gopalan, the Managing Director of SunEdison said his company was among the largest solar energy providers in the United States and had a vast experience of providing solar energy for airport operations.

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