The Floating Plant of Cirata

The Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, inaugurated the largest floating solar plant of Southeast Asia, located in West Java Province, Indonesia. This colossal project, sprawling across 250 hectares of the Cirata Reservoir, is not just an engineering marvel; it is a beacon of hope and a testament to human ingenuity in the face of environmental challenges.

The Cirata floating solar plant stands as a symbol of sustainable progress, its over 340,000 solar panels delicately floating on the reservoir’s surface, harmoniously complementing the existing hydropower infrastructure. With an investment of $145 million, the facility is poised to generate 192 MW of electricity annually, enough to illuminate approximately 50,000 homes. This initiative is a critical component of Indonesia’s ambitious commitment to reducing carbon emissions, aiming for a 43.2% decrease from 2010 levels, and moving toward net-zero emissions by 2060—or possibly 2050 with international support.


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