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Sundaya: Solar Energy and a Sustainable Future for Indonesia

Sundaya was founded in 1993 by a team of passionate people who believed in commercializing solar energy in Indonesia. Sundaya wants to develop and produce personal energy solutions for the 25 million rural households in Indonesia that do not have a connection to the electricity grid. Sundaya started slow, but quickly grew into a growing market need.


In 1997 the Asian market deteriorated, and Sundaya started looking for other markets that could be used to export our products. They found Africa, Central and South America, to be good candidates and started our distribution.


Today Sundaya has factories in Indonesia and China, where they produce a variety of highly innovative personal energy solutions.


Indonesia, as an archipelagic country that is rich in sunlight throughout the year, has great potential to develop solar energy as a sustainable renewable energy source. In this article, we will explore various aspects regarding solar energy and a sustainable future for Indonesia.


The sun is one of the largest energy sources on earth which provides two types of energy, namely heat energy and light energy. Energy from the sun is used by humans in many ways, one of which is as a source of electrical energy. For plants, the sun also plays an important role in the process of photosynthesis or making food.


On the other hand, the use of solar energy is also used as an alternative energy source which is useful for overcoming the energy crisis, especially petroleum. Since the 1970s, this effort has received considerable attention from many countries in the world. One of the areas highlighted is the use of solar energy in the agricultural sector. This is because the agricultural sector plays an important role in maintaining a country's food security.


This conversion of light or sunlight into electrical energy is carried out using solar cell technology known as photovoltaics. Therefore, the use of solar energy in agriculture is also known as agrovoltaics. Apart from the unlimited amount, the use of solar energy is also increasingly popular because it does not cause pollution that can damage the environment like using petroleum energy.


Benefits of Solar Energy

Solar power offers a number of significant benefits for Indonesia:


  • Renewable Energy Source: Solar energy is a renewable energy source that will not run out. Its never-ending light will always be available.

  • Environmentally Friendly: Using solar energy reduces carbon emissions and air pollution, contributing to environmental conservation.

  • Cost Savings: An initial investment in solar panels can result in long-term savings through reduced electricity bills.

  • Job Creation: The development of the solar energy industry will create new jobs in Indonesia.

  • Promotes Technological Innovation: Developing solar energy encourages innovation in renewable energy technologies.


Solar Energy Potential and a Sustainable Future in Indonesia

Indonesia is one of the countries that is very suitable for the development of solar energy. With sunny tropical weather all year round, Indonesia has great potential to utilize solar energy. These are some of the main points to consider:


1. High Insolation

Indonesia has high levels of solar insolation throughout the year. Areas such as Java, Bali and Nusa Tenggara have abundant amounts of sunlight, which makes them ideal locations for building solar installations.


2. Land Availability

The country also has sufficient land area to install solar panels. Unproductive lands can be easily converted into solar energy facilities.


3. Reducing Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Indonesia currently relies on fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal for its energy needs. Switching to solar energy will reduce this dependency and make Indonesia more independent in its energy resources.


Utilization of Solar Energy Technology in Agriculture


The emergence of new environmentally friendly technology in the agricultural sector will certainly be very beneficial for farmers. Known as agrovoltaics, this technology will use solar energy to operate various agricultural activities in the future. This technology has been widely applied in Asian countries, especially on the edge of the Gobi Desert, China, and Japan.


In Indonesia itself, this agrovoltaic technology has not been widely applied by farmers. In fact, the potential for solar energy in Indonesia is also very large, namely it can reach 4.8 KWh/m2 or the equivalent of 112,000 GWp. Unfortunately, Indonesia has only been able to utilize around 10 MWp of solar energy.


Discussing the benefits, there are many benefits that can be obtained from using solar energy in agriculture. Not only is it used to dry or dry grain and other agricultural products, light energy and heat energy from the sun which are converted into electrical energy are also capable of running various agricultural machines.


The solar energy used to generate electrical energy can be used by farmers, for example to operate rice threshing machines with a solar energy source, rice planting machines with a solar energy source, and irrigation pump machines with a solar energy source. This is of course very beneficial for the sustainability of agriculture in the future, considering that the petroleum energy that is usually used is decreasing day by day.


Challenges in Implementing Solar Energy


1. High Initial Costs

The initial investment in solar panels and related infrastructure can be prohibitive, although long-term savings will be visible.


2. Infrastructure that needs to be improved

In order to optimize the use of solar energy, it is necessary to improve infrastructure such as energy storage and electricity grids.


3. Consistent Regulation

Consistent policies are needed to encourage investment in solar energy. This includes adequate fiscal and licensing incentives.


In its commitment to expanding access to renewable energy, Sundaya focuses on the development and production of household appliances, electrical equipment, and electronics. This company provides special solutions for rural households in Indonesia that do not have a connection to the electricity grid.


PT Sundaya Indonesia strives to provide environmentally friendly and efficient energy solutions to more than 25 million rural households in Indonesia. Through this effort, Sundaya acts as an agent of change in creating energy sustainability in this country.


Sundaya's commitment to renewable energy development is reflected in its involvement in innovative projects. Sundaya actively encourages the adoption of green technology and awareness of the importance of energy sustainability through partnerships with strategic stakeholders and participation in energy-related events.


With a strong focus on the use of renewable energy, PT Sundaya Indonesia has become a leader in the decentralized energy industry in Indonesia. In an effort to make solar energy more accessible to the public, Sundaya continues to innovate and offer the best solutions with their extensive knowledge and experience in this industry.

Contact Us:


PT Sundaya Indonesia

Kawasan Industri Sentul, JL Lintang Raya E9, Sentul, Bogor,West Java, Indonesia 16810

Tel: +(62) 218 759 261Tel: +(62) 218 759 263

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