Alternative power to the people

Indonesia is rich in alternative energy sources, but only political will and private sector investment can change our dependency on fossil fuels.

Kanis Longguk smiles as he switches on his reading lamp. Along with 30 other families in this rural hamlet, the 55-year-old farmer from the remote village of Pagal in East Nusa Tenggara has finally seen his long-term dream to have electricity become a reality.

The government this year provided solar power panels with a capacity of 5 kilowatts, enough for every family in the village to have access to more than 350 watts of electric – enough to provide light and basic household needs.

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