PT UPC Yogyakarta Bayu Energi, the joint venture project company of PT Binatek Energi Terbarukan (“Binatek”), UPC Renewables Indonesia Ltd (“UPC”), and Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (“FMO”), is proud to announce that it has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with PT PLN (Persero) (“PLN”) for the Samas 50 MW Wind Farm Project at Bantul, DIY. The PPA for the Samas 50MW Wind Farm was signed by the President Director of PLN, Bapak Sofyan Bashir during the “Inauguration of the 35,000 MW Electricity Program” launched at the Samas project site on May 4th, 2015 and attended by President Jokowi; the Minister of Energy and Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X; the US Ambassador to Indonesia as well as dignitaries and national and local politicians and staff of PLN, the Ministry of Energy, the BUMN ministry and many others.
The signing of the Samas 50MW Wind Farm PPA with PLN, the state utility company is the first PPA for a utility scale wind farm to be signed in Indonesia. Samas 50MW Wind Farm is scheduled for ground breaking in May 2016 with Commercial Operations Date of May 2017. The project is part of the Government’s 35,000 MW program.
The project will use ultra-modern utility scale wind turbine generators specially designed for light wind conditions such as those found in Indonesia. The project will utilize wind turbine generators which each have an output of between 2.0MW to 2.5MW (the first multi-MW wind turbines to be installed in Indonesia) with each blade being up to 60m long. The project will start construction as soon as late 2015.
The Samas 50MW wind farm project will require an investment of US$133million, will provide electricity to up to 80,000 new households in Yogyakarta and will save an equivalent of 103,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year by replacing fossil fuel.
PT Binatek Energi Terbarukan (Binatek), is an Indonesian company with a long history development of renewable energy projects including hydro projects as well as biomass and biogas projects throughout Indonesia.
The UPC Renewables Group of companies is one of the most recognized active developers of wind and solar projects globally. UPC has developed over 2000MW of wind projects since it started in 1995 and is currently active in the Philippines (with 81MW recently put into operation) and in China (one of the largest foreign companies to be active in the Chinese market with 172MW operating and 84 MW in construction) as well as North Africa with 120 MW going into construction in 2015.
UPC Renewables Indonesia Ltd is active on 11 sites in Indonesia with a total combined generation potential of 2,700MW (once fully constructed). UPC Renewable Indonesia has ambitions to construct 1,000MW of wind energy projects in Indonesia before the end of 2019 and currently employs 36 development staff through its local affiliate PT UPC Renewables Indonesia.
FMO is the Dutch development bank and one of the major investors in renewable energy in the region and worldwide. FMO has invested in the private sector in developing and emerging markets for more than 45 years. The bank has a global portfolio of ca. USD 1.6 billion in energy assets, with a significant share of renewable energy projects including wind, solar and hydropower. With a total investment portfolio of ca. USD 9.0 billion spanning 85 countries, FMO is one of the larger bilateral private sector development banks globally.
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Additional Background and Samas project information
Binatek and UPC initiated the development of both Projects in late 2011 and have conducted rigorous wind data collection and analysis by third party industry experts on this site. PLN has a strong ongoing program on the National Grid of using greater amounts of sustainable clean renewable energy that does not use fossil fuels and the wind farm can be an effective provider of such energy as well as a highly visual demonstration of clean Renewable Energy in Indonesia. As a quickly deployable generation source Wind Power (construction is generally less than 12 months), it can be one more added technology to the mix of choices PLN has to supply the increasing demand for electricity on Indonesia’s Grid system. Globally, installed wind energy generation reached 300GW in 2013 and as such is a mature technology.
The Samas wind farm will produce zero emission electrical power from large 2.0 – 2.5 MW turbines providing wind electricity to Indonesia without pollution or added CO2 to the environment. As well as bearing the benefits of Renewable Energy the project will support the Regional Government’s progressive plan and idea of clean and sustainable local power less affected by fluctuating global commodity prices. The Samas wind farm will provide electricity to up to 80,000 new households in Yogyakarta and will save an equivalent of 103,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year by replacing fossil fuel. It will attract new investment to the rapidly growing economy of the region by providing reliable electricity infrastructure. Binatek and UPC have intensively coordinated with all level of Government Agencies, both in national, provincial and regency levels to ensure that the development of the Samas wind farm is compatible with the regional plan. What Binatek and UPC found out is very encouraging, as the Regional Government has progressive plans and has shown continuous support for the Project.
In order to safeguard the social aspects of the development, UPC has carried out intensive outreach to all levels of the local community who have understood that the development of the Samas wind farm will bring multiple benefits to the areas. The project will contribute to the economy and welfare of the residents by providing good local jobs, stimulating economic spending, providing local rural residents with new employment opportunities, new business opportunities, and especially, a unique, no-emission and environmentally friendly power generation facility that can act as an center of education and tourism. The Project adds a large capital investment of USD 133 million with few (if indeed any) social and environmental issues. The proven latest technology wind turbines provide reliable power globally and will now act as an iconic demonstration of the Provincial and National Governments leadership in clean power for Southeast Asia.
The Samas wind farm will create new industry for the region but also the country and has the potential to reduce the consumption of fuel oil for the generation of electricity in other smaller grids. In addition, the project will definitely promote the region as leader in renewable energy development and utilization, and the wind farm will integrate well with the tourism industry in Yogyakarta.