8 Feb 2011

Greenpeace promotes solar and wind power in Indonesia's Papua region

2:12 pm on 8 February 2011

The environmental group Greenpeace had unveiled a solar/wind power system in Indonesia's West Papua to showcase the country's huge potential in renewable energy.

The Jakarta Globe reports a one-megawatt system, comprising solar panels generating 800 watts and a wind turbine putting out 200 watts, was built on Mansiman Island in Manokwari district.

Greenpeace Southeast Asia's climate and energy campaigner, Arif Fiyanto, says they chose this site because only 32 percent of its residents are connected to the electricity grid.

He says the NGO is very optimistic Indonesia can get 50 percent of its energy supply from renewable sources by 2030, if the government has the political will to make it happen.