Introducing The First Smart Micro Grid In Indonesia, Energia Prima Nusantara Builds Off-Grid Solar Power Plant At Pama MTBU In South Sumatra

Energia Prima Nusantara, MTBU Solar Power Plant
The PAMA MTBU Solar Power Plant project in Muara Enim, South Sumatra.

ICN News – PT Energia Prima Nusantara (EPN), a subsidiary of PT United Tractors Tbk, is committed to contributing to the development of the environmental energy sector, particularly in the Solar Power Plants (PLTS) field. As part of this commitment, EPN has constructed an Off-Grid Solar Power Plant through PT Pamapersada Nusantara (PAMA) project at the PAMA MTBU operational site in South Sumatra. To promote a clean energy mix in the coal mining operational area, this project was officially inaugurated on February 16, 2024.

“Focusing on sustainability principles, we are committed to inviting stakeholders in the mining industry to implement clean energy, considering environmental, economic, social, and good governance aspects. The installation of solar panel technology is a tangible manifestation of our competence and dedication to contributing to a better future by decarbonizing coal mining operations,” stated EPN Director Eko Harry Ariadin.

EPN and PAMA collaborated on a project to establish a Solar Power Plant with a total capacity of 615.6 kWp. The plant uses a 200 kWh battery and is Indonesia’s first Smart Micro Grid. The PAMA MTBU PLTS concept incorporates batteries, and the microgrid has a Photovoltaic (PV) to Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) ratio of 2:1. This system can increase the proportion of renewable energy by 30% through the same BESS configuration.

Furthermore, this feature can handle external disruptions, prevent power outage losses of up to $0.5 million per 10MW, and avoid Smart String-level disconnections, thus improving the safety of the PV system by four times. Installing the Off-Grid PLTS at the PAMA MTBU site can reduce carbon emissions in the coal mining area by 423 thousand tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to planting 19,000 trees annually.

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The collaboration project between EPN and PAMA is part of the Company’s efforts to prioritize sustainability principles by implementing Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices, particularly in the coal mining operational area.

The inauguration of PAMA MTBU was attended by the President Director of PT Pamapersada Nusantara (PAMA), Hendra Hutahean; CSR & General Services Division Head of PAMA, TH Puguh Sasetyo; Corporate Information System Division Head of PAMA, Joseph Lembayung; and EPN Director of Operation & Engineering, Eko Harry Ariadin.

Through this initiative, EPN and PAMA hope to enhance positive synergy and collaboration towards reducing carbon emissions in the coal mining operational area while maintaining harmonious relationships with the environment for a better future for Indonesia.


This article can be read in the February 2024 edition of ICN News Magazine.
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