JAKARTA, July 5 (UPI) -- Indonesia is investing in wind power to cut its import bills of fossil fuels.
State utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara Director Nur Pamudji said his company is eager to see the country's second large-scale wind farm begin operations by the end of 2013.
UPC Renewables Indonesia and Binatek Reka Energi are constructing the $100 million, 50-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Samas in Yogyakarta, which will house 16 to 33 turbines.
Pamudji said, "This will be Indonesia's second wind farm after the one in Sukabumi. It will be the largest. UPC Renewables will study the investment plan and come up with a price. Then we will sign power-purchase agreement," the Jakarta Globe reported Wednesday.
Pamudji added PLN is interested in purchasing electricity from the UPC Renewables Samas wind farm because it would save billions of dollars that would otherwise be spent on costlier fuel imports.
Binatek Reka Energi Director Erwin Jahja said, "This wind power project is safe for the community and will help Indonesia achieve its target for the use of clean energy."