Indonesian mobile services operator PT Telkomsel has struck a deal with Conergy Renewable Energy Singapore that will see 12 off-grid photovoltaic systems installed for its mobile phone network.
The project is planned for completion at the end of August and will have a total installed capacity of 146 kW, making the installation Indonesia’s largest solar project for telecom sites to date.
The 12 sites are located in remote areas around Sumatra, Sulawesi and Irian Jaya in Indonesia and are being developed in partnership with Gerbang Multindo Nusantara (GMN), a local Indonesian system integrator.
Under the strategic partnership, Conergy will provide 840 solar modules and balance of system for the installation, while providing technical support for PT Telkomsel.
‘Telecom sites in Indonesia have traditionally depended on diesel to power their repeater stations and cell sites,’ said Stefan Mueller, managing director of Conergy Asia-Pacific, who added: ‘Solar power thus serves as an effective replacement for diesel gensets in remote sites with poor grid connection.’