Indonesia (pictured) plans to develop 36 new solar plants across the country this year especially in rural areas, according to local media.
The Indonesian Government is believed to have allocated a bigger budget for solar projects – a total of IDR one trillion (£66.25m) compared to last year’s IDR 700 billion (£46.2m) budget.
Alihudin Sitompul, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is quoted as saying: “So far our policies regarding the development of solar power plants are already good. However, our partners should be able to decide whether the [solar plant projects] are feasible or not so that they do not force themselves to do them.”
If Indonesia is able to add the planned projects, the number of solar power plants in the country will total 153, up from 117 last year.
Indonesia was the largest exporter of coal by weight and the eighth largest exporter of natural gas in 2011, according to the US Energy Information Administration.