Impact Assessment to PLN, Government Holds Implementation of Rooftop PLTS Rules

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The government is holding back the implementation of the ESDM Ministerial Regulation (Permen) Number 26 of 2021 concerning Rooftop Solar Power Plants (PLTS) that are Connected to the Electric Power Network.

The Director General of New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE) of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Dadan Kusdiana, said that the Ministerial Regulation, which was promulgated on August 20, 2021, is being reviewed regarding the impact of its implementation.

“For now, we are still holding on to this Ministerial Regulation 26/2021,” he said in a virtual press conference, Monday (17/1/2022).

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He said the review of Ministerial Regulation 26/2021 was not only carried out by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, but also involved other ministries, such as the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs and the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment.

“We are going through the Secretariat of the Cabinet (Cabinet Secretariat) office to confirm the figures that we have compiled, what kind of impact it will have on the existing system in the country. PLN, he explained.

Dadan said, finalizing a review of the policy regarding PLTS roof it will be discussed in a limited coordination meeting (rakortas) chaired by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto. However, he could not give an exact time for the meeting to be held.

“Hopefully this will be done soon to ensure that this Permen can be executed,” he said.

He explained, there are at least five points of change related PLTS Roof along with the issuance of Ministerial Regulation 26/2021 compared to the previous regulation in Ministerial Regulation 49/2018.

First, the provisions on the export of electricity to 100 percent from the original 65 percent. This means that PLN is obliged to buy 100 percent of electricity from the remaining power of the Rooftop PLTS that is not used by customers.

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Then the extension of the cancellation to 6 months from the original 3 months. This means that the accumulated difference between the electrical energy exported and imported to or from PLN, the bill will be eliminated every 6 months every 30 June and 31 December.

Second, the application-based service mechanism and services are shorter from 15 days to 5 days.

Third, Rooftop PLTS customers and holders of Electric Power Supply Business Permits for Public Interest (IUPTLU) can trade carbon.

“This is being discussed, so it is being coordinated with the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment for regulations related to Presidential Decree 98/2021 on the economic value of carbon,” he explained.

Fourth, the rules regarding rooftop solar power plants are extended from those currently only PLN customers, but also to customers in non-PLN business areas.

Fifth, create a complaint center for the rooftop PLTS system to receive and follow up on complaints regarding the implementation of PV mini-grid. There is currently no complaint center.

“This complaint center is to receive and take action on submissions from the implementation of rooftop solar power plants,” concluded Dadan.

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