JAKARTA, JAKTIMES.COM- PT MRT Jakarta (Perseroda) received a grant of US$709,630 for a Feasibility Study on the proposed renewable energy initiative provided by the United States Government through the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).
This was revealed when the signing of the grant agreement was carried out directly by the President Director of PT MRT Jakarta (Perseroda) Tuhiyat and the United States Ambassador to Indonesia Sung Yong Kim at the Rimba Hotel, Bali, Sunday (13/11).
The signing was also witnessed by the Acting Governor of DKI Jakarta Province Heru Budi Hartono, Indo-Pacific Manager USTDA Tanvi Madhusudanan, and Director of Business Development of PT MRT Jakarta (Perseroda) Farchad Mahfud.
Tuhiyat said the MRT Jakarta proposal was selected as a program to be funded through a grant or grant from USTDA worth US$709,630 through a rigorous selection process in the Global Partnership for Climate Smart Infrastructure program.
Tuhiyat explained that the grant from USTDA was to compile technical and economic studies related to the MRT Jakarta initiative to implement new renewable energy and energy conservation.
“Through this study, we hope to obtain guidelines and a road map for the transition and energy conservation of the Jakarta MRT as a provider of environmentally friendly rail-based urban mass transportation,” said Tuhiyat as quoted by Jaktimes.com from the official website of the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government, Monday. (14/11).
Tuhiyat said that the study to be carried out would look at the potential and possible use of new and renewable energy in MRT Jakarta operations, such as the potential and possibility of using solar panels on the roof of stations and depots.”The goal is to encourage energy efficiency so that it can reduce energy use from conventional sources,” said Tuhiyat.
USTDA Director Enoh T Ebong said he was proud to be a partner of PT MRT Jakarta in a new renewable energy initiative which in the future will become a model for other transportation operators in Indonesia and the Indo-Pacific. According to him, public transportation is important for Indonesia to realize its contribution to climate change.
“USTDA’s support for this innovative project allows MRT Jakarta to connect the latest technology and smart solutions based on climate change that are continuously being developed and provided by US companies,” said Ebong.
To note, PT MRT Jakarta (Perseroda) is committed to using new and renewable energy in its operations. In the long term, PT MRT Jakarta (Perseroda) targets to use 100 percent of new renewable energy in its operations by 2035. So far, 10 percent of the total electricity usage for MRT Jakarta comes from the Kamojang Geothermal Power Plant (PLTP) through PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara. (PLN).
A number of innovations were initiated to realize the long-term plan, such as providing solar-powered cell phone, laptop and tablet charging units at stations (Wan)