Solar-Powered Lamp with Energy Saving (LTSHE) program for Papua and West Papua

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The Ministry of energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) will focus on equitable distribution of electricity in the province of Papua and West Papua, one of which is a solar-powered lamp with energy saving (LTSHE) Program. The LTSHE program is one of the Government’s efforts to meet the electricity needs of villages that have not yet received electricity services. Based on data from the Potential Villages of Central Bureau of Statistics of 2014 which are updated every 4 years, 90% of villages that have not yet electricity are located in the Papua region and this is a serious concern for the Government.

Approximately as 2,519 village in Papua and West Papua have yet to get electricity. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources will provide solar power lamp packages for 120,894 households in Papua and 16,394 households in West Papua.

For West Papua, LTSHE will be distributed in Fak Fak, Kamana, Manokwari, South Manokwari, Maybrat, Arfak Mountains, Raja Ampat, Sorong, South Sorong, Bantrauw, Bintuni Bay and Wondama Bay. While in Papua will include Intan Jaya, Lanny Jaya, Nduga, Pegunungan Bintang, Puncak, Puncak Jaya, Tolikara, Yahukimo and Yalimo.

LTSHE utilizes the energy from the solar that converts it into electrical energy and stores that energy inside the battery. Later, that energy will serve to make the lights on. The lamps use 3 watts of ultra-efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology or the equivalent of 25-watt incandescent bulbs. The LTSHE is ideal for geographically isolated and sparsely populated rural homes and difficult to reach the state electricity company (PLN) network.[1]

LTHSE will light up the 293,532 home in 20 provinces. In APBN 2017 has been allocated funds amounting to 330.5 Billion Rupiah for transmitted to 95,729 homes. Furthermore, in APBN 2018 has also been allocated a budget of 976.5 billion Rupiah for transmitted to 197,803 households. LTSHE is a groundbreaking program for equitable access to electricity.[2]

LTSHE consists of 4 lamps and 1 USB charger and will be distributed free of charge to the residents to be installed in each home residents in accordance with the data of potential recipients who have been submitted.

This LTSHE distribution is expected to provide benefits for the community over a long period of time with the full support of the Local Government and the community itself. The government hopes that the installation of LTSHE will help children to learn better at night and be able to develop the economy in Papua and West Papua Province.[3]

Keywords: West Papua, Papua, LTSHE, electricity, ESDM, solar, development, technology, LED, APBN

[1] Gloria Safira Taylor, Menengok Paket Lampu Tenaga Surya Untuk Warga Papua, diakses dari laman pada 22/11/2017

[2] Sujatmiko, Siaran Pers: Energi Berkeadilan untuk Papua dan Papua Barat, diakses dari laman–energi-berkeadilan-untuk-papua-dan-papua-barat pada 21/11/2017

[3] Rakhma Wardani, Ditjen EBTKE Sosialisasikan Program LTHSE untuk Papua Barat, diakses dari laman pada 22/11/2017