President Joko Widodo participated in the launching of the new wind turbine electric power plant in Bantul, Yogyakarta on 4 May 2015.
A total of 35 wind turbines will be installed at the Samas beach power plant. It is the first and the biggest project in Indonesia. The turbines are expected to produce 50MW of power. Joko Widodo plans to create 35,000 MW of power in the next five years across Indonesia. Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said who also participated in the inauguration said that the additional MW of power is needed to create an economic growth of more than 5% annually.
PLN will produce 10,000 MW. The private sector will produce the remaining 25,000 MW.
Sudirman also said that the program will benefit 20 million people directly. It will employ 100,000 workers. And it will use more than 450 trillion Rupiah worth of locally made components. The program is created to anticipate the depletion of oil, natural gas, and coal in the future.
The first phase of the project will focus on Java and Sumatra. Hydro and solar plant will be built in the developing areas in eastern Indonesia such as in Papua and Nusa Tenggara.