State-owned companies LEN Industri and Pertamina are collaborating together to build a solar cell production plant in Rancaekek, Bandung, according LEN Insdustri President Abraham Mose.
Abraham, speaking to Antara news agency on Monday, said that the groundbreaking for the plant’s construction is expected to take place in December.
“This is a venture and an investment. [It will be done] so that we can have a renewable energy industry in Indonesia,” Abraham said. He gave no further details about the plant, but mentioned that it could produce solar cells with a capacity of 60 megawatts.
A presidential regulation issued in 2006 states that solar energy should account for between 0.2 and 0.3 precent of national energy usage by 2025, or the equivalent of 1,000 megawatts per hour.
Abraham also noted that LEN was planning on investing in airport navigation equipment.
“We will make a proposal for the airport navigation project since it is in line with LEN’s focus. We will do this in the next five years,” he said.
Abraham mentioned that on Nov. 28 the company would introduce products made in conjunction with the Research and Technology Ministry.
LEN Industri’s expertise, according to to the company’s president, lies in railway signage, marine navigation, renewable energy, military communication equipment and control systems.
Abraham noted that LEN has a strategic corporate division devoted to mapping industrial trends.
“Basically, we are always monitoring development and looking for opportunities for growth,” he said.