Greenpeace installs 1 kw solar-wind hybrid system at Mansinam island

Renews its demand for an Energy Revolution in Indonesia

Press release - February 5, 2011
Manokwari,Papua Barat,Indonesia -- Greenpeace today installed a 1 kw solar-wind hybrid energy system at Mansinam Island in Manokwari Regency, also known as the ‘Bible City,’ to mark Papua’s Gospel Landing Day, and called upon Indonesian government to fast track development of the renewable energy industry to meet the country’s growing electricity demands.

On 5 February 1855 two European evangelists arrived at Mansinam island, off Manokwari town, to preach Christianity to the indigenous people of Papua, majority of whom are now Christians. Every year on February 5th, thousands of Papuans make an annual pilgrimage to Mansinam to celebrate  ‘Gospel Landing Day’. 

Although Papua island abounds with natural resources, it is the poorest region in Indonesia.  Only 30.65% of the villages in Papua are electrified, well below the 2011 government target of 65% electrification ratio for all regions in Indonesia. But the government plans to address this using fossil fuels. 

“Greenpeace believes that clean, renewable energy is crucial for genuine development.  Our message is clear:  sustainability and economic development go hand in hand.  Destructive, carbon intensive fossil-fuel based systems like coal and diesel have given rise to the most urgent environmental threats that our country and the world faces today.  But the solutions are in our hands. Thanks to President Yudhoyono’s commitment,  Indonesia is leading the region and the world in commitments to reduce climate causing carbon emissions. The next step is to ensure our country follows a green and sustainable pathway for development for the sake of future generations.” said Arif Fiyanto , Climate and Energy campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

With the February 2011 solar-wind hybrid system installation in what is perhaps Papua’s most historic site, Greenpeace is putting forward a vision of green and clean development in the island.  Only such a vision, once taken on collaboratively by the local and national governments, industry, and civil society, together with the local populace, can see Papua through toward equitable progress unlimited by dirty energy.

Together with a massive uptake of renewable energy combined with energy efficiency measures, Indonesia can leapfrog ahead of other developing nations in meeting development and energy demands with little or no negative impact on climate and local communities.  Solar photovoltaic and wind energy technologies are an attractive option in Indonesia because the country is fragmented among numerous small islands, making it difficult to construct a comprehensive grid to reach all populations.

“Papua currently faces a choice: to opt for sustainable and equitable progress powered by renewable energy or to be locked within a dirty fossil-fueled system which brings staggering gains only to a select few while imperiling the health and lives of the majority.. Greenpeace believes that with its current need to be electrified, its geographical condition and scattered communities, Papua is the perfect model for decentralized renewable energy grids that are ready to be harnessed today in order to power the future.  The latest advances in technology are showing how the future’s energy structures are moving away from inefficient mammoth fossil fuel power plants within centralized grids.  Papua is best placed to leap forward to renewable energy.  Fossil fuels will only entrench the province in the dirty energy of the past.” Arif added .

The Greenpeace Energy [R]evolution (1)  published by Greenpeace together with the Engineering Center of the University of Indonesia (UI) and the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC),  is a detailed, practical blueprint for cutting carbon emissions while achieving economic growth by replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy, decentralized smart girds and energy efficiency technologies.  This phase-out of fossil fuels offers substantial benefits such as energy security, independence from world market fuel prices, reduction in pollution-related illnesses and most of all, it is an urgently needed solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to halt runaway climate change phenomenon.

Contact:

Arif Fiyanto, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Climate and Energy Campaigner, +62 8111 805 373
Zamzami, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Media Campaigner, +62 811 7503918
Hikmat Soeriatanuwijaya, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Media Campaigner, +62 8111 805394

 

Notes for Editor:

(1)  Greenpeace’s Energy Revolution can be downloaded from:

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/press/reports/energyrevolutionreport

(bahasa Inggris) dan

http://www.greenpeace.org/seasia/id/press/reports/energy-r-evolution-a-sustaina/

(bahasa Indonesia)