SGI-Mitabu enters Indonesia PV

Australian PV developer SGI-Mitabu will build and operate its first solar installations in Indonesia by working with the authorities in South Sumatra province.

It said it will finish building a 5MW site in the provincial capital of Palembang by the end of this year and another 50MW project to the east of the city by the end of 2014, using modules supplied by Japanese manufacturer Kyocera.

SGI-Mitabu is a partnership between Brisbane-based Solar Guys International and Mitabu Australia, a PV developer that specialises in arranging Islamic financing for solar projects.

Last year SGI-Mitabu signed an agreement with the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to develop 250MW of PV throughout the country. The South Sumatra installations will be its first under that deal.

Dane Muldoon, director of Solar Guys International, tells Recharge that the Palembang municipal authorities have been aggressively promoting the region as a tourist destination. “We think we’ve got some good ideas to help them,” he says.

In the future, SGI-Mitabu will likely build more solar projects in South Sumatra.

“We think that the area’s growing population and its potentially growing industrial base point to growing energy needs across the board,” Muldoon says.

SGI-Mitabu may also seek to develop projects in Thailand, currently the leader in new installations in Southeast Asia.