The Regional Planning Agency (Bappeda) of Nusa Tenggara
Barat (NTB) province, supported by the Energising Development Indonesia project
implemented by GIZ, held a workshop on “Development Strategy of Solar Mini-grid
Beneficiary Villages” on 15 March 2018 in Mataram. The workshop was a closure
of Rural Mini-grid Management Model (RUMI), a pilot project implemented since
May 2017, which aims at developing a management model for government-funded solar
mini-grid in four hamlets in NTB province.
Ridwan Syah, the Head of Bappeda, urged all relevant
stakeholders to pursue synergy and collaboration, among others the Agency
of Energy and Mineral Resources (Dinas ESDM), Agency of Cooperatives and Small
Medium Enterprises (Dinas KUKM), universities, Teams of Geopark Rinjani and
SAMOTA Development, Bank Indonesia, KOMPAK, as well as the recently formed
cooperatives. He also encouraged the cooperatives to proactively propose any
support activities when required. Niken Arumdati, representing Dinas ESDM,
expressed her optimism that next year the provincial government will allocate
funds to regularly monitor and maintain the operational of solar mini-grids
installed in the region.
Within eight months period, RUMI successfully facilitated
the establishment of two cooperatives located in Pegadungan, Lombok Utara and in
Moyo Island, Sumbawa. These cooperatives, previously informal villager groups, will
manage the solar mini-grid systems constructed by the government. Additionally,
the cooperatives also run businesses such as trading and credit service.
Through close coaching conducted by Transform, a local civil society
organisation experienced in village facilitation, the beneficiary community is
now more confident in operating and managing their electricity facilities. Gender
equality was strongly promoted throughout RUMI implementation. It was observed
that women participation in village assemblies and activities related to
electricity utilisation and management has improved up to 30%. RUMI also
initiated a partnership scheme between solar companies and local technicians in
order to make available technical support structure in the region.
More information about RUMI implementation can be