The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) and the House of Representatives Commission VII in 2019 are still continuing the program of Energy-Saving Solar Energy Lamps (LTSHE) which are distributed free to communities in the foremost, outermost, and disadvantaged areas (3 T) in Papua Province.
“The solar power LTSHE program developed by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources for regions in the Central Highlands 2019 continues,” said member of the House of Representatives Commission VII Tonny Wardoyo in Biak, as quoted from Antara, Monday, February 11, 2019.
The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources together with the House of Representatives Commission VII plans to formalize the LTSHE program for residents in Puncak Regency.
Tonny said the presence of solar electricity for the people in the central mountainous area became a vital necessity of the residents’ households. Since the LTSHE program has been implemented in various districts of the central Highlands region, according to Tonny, the community is now able to enjoy electricity in homes.
” West Papuans living in mountainous areas are now able to enjoy lighting at night thanks to the ESDM Ministry’s strategic program as an embodiment of the National Nawacita program,” said the PDIP politician.
Meanwhile, the expert of ESDM Minister Faisal Rahardian called the LTSHE program provided by the government through the ESDM Ministry very touching the needs of people in disadvantaged, frontier and outermost areas.
“For this year, the solar energy-saving light program is still being programmed, so for the details I don’t bring the detailed data,” he said.
He acknowledged that with the geographical conditions of Papua’s hugely mountainous regions, the LTSHE program became a strategic policy in realizing the fulfillment of warha electricity electrification in Indonesia’s easternmost province.
Based on data in 2019 the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources will target 150 thousand homes for the installation of Energy-Saving Solar Power programs.
For the Papua Province, solar power targets are targeted, including Nabire Regency, Mamberamo Raya, Yalimo, Pengunungan Bintang, Tolikara, Lanny Jaya, Asmat and Jayawijaya District.