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Officially Launched, First PV Module Test Lab in Indonesia Ready to Operate

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Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, through the National Laboratory for Energy Conversion Technolgy (B2TKE) - BPPT officially opens technical services for testing the quality of Photovoltaic (PV) modules or solar panels, with reference to the SNI IEC 61215: 2016 standard.

The Head of B2TKE-BPPT, MM Sarinanto, said that this PV Module Quality Test Laboratory was the first in Indonesia. He added this inauguration, becoming a marker of the operation of facilities intended for all relevant stakeholders.

“To ensure the quality of solar power plant installed in Indonesia, it is necessary to test the components of the solar power system, mainly solar or PV modules. Testing of PV modules is already a standard obligation in the international market,” he said during the PV Solar Module Quality Test In B2TKE-BPPT Building, PUSPIPTEK Region, Tangsel, Wednesday, (Jan 09, 2019).

He revealed that the potential utilization of photovoltaics or solar power plant as a renewable energy source is quite significant. As stipulated in the National Energy Policy, targeting an increase in the Renewable Energy mix from 5% in 2015 to 23% by 2025. From the Renewable Energy target 23% of the national energy mix, the projections of Solar Power Plants are 5000 MWp in 2019 and 6400 MWp in 2025. 

To support this policy, the existence of this BPPT PV Module Quality Test Laboratory facility is clearly needed. So far, he admitted, the absence of this PV testing laboratory in Indonesia is a challenge for national PV module producers. From a number of solar module manufacturers in Indonesia, only two manufacturers whose products have received IEC 61215 certificates.

“With the BPPT PV module testing laboratory, it will provide added value not only for BPPT but also will have a national impact on all stakeholders engaged in PLTS, especially industries, especially PV module producers,” he said.

The Head of the B2TKE-BPPT said that the use of solar energy technology in Indonesia is increasingly widespread. Until 2018, solar energy utilization through a solar power plant (PLTS) was recorded at 94.42 MWp. PT PLN (Persero) 's Electricity Supply Business Plan (RUPTL), targets solar energy use in Indonesia to be up to 1047 MegaWattpeak (MWp) until 2025.

“For this reason, the PV module testing laboratory can be used as a reference by the Government in stipulating the implementation of compulsory SNI for SNI 61215. This laboratory can also be a national reference laboratory for the solar module industry, so that it will have a positive impact on improving domestic solar module quality production costs,” he hoped.