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Workshop on Community Facilities and Infrastructure Management in Indonesia’s Small and Outermost Islands Programme

Aug 22, 2016

The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (KESDM) with an agenda to build solar power plant (PLTS)  in 25 small and outermost islands (PPKT) with the capacity of 30-100 Kwp. The PLTS construction has managed to provide electricity access to 3.404 houses, 167 public facilities and 13.838 people. However, the electricity supply not yet fully mobilised the productive economic activity. Including the small and medium-scale investments in small islands because of the life complexity in PPKT.
 
Therefore, since 2015, KKP in collaboration with KESDM, EnDev ID and Destructive Fishing Watch (DFW) Indonesia to implement development programme of the Integrated Center for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (PSKPT) in the border regions and the small outermost islands.
 
In the project sites, DFW responsible for the implementation of this initiative and now is well known as Prakarsa Indonesia, or called as “Community Facilities and Infrastructure Management in Indonesia’s Small and Outermost Islands” programme.  In April 2016, 18 facilitators has assigned to facilitate community needs and in close communication with community groups in PPKT in Indonesia.

4 months after the programme is running, DFW organised a workshop to verify the updates of the programme, on 1 – 3 August 2016 in Jakarta. The main objective of the workshop is to reconcile data and information from resource persons and participants according to the implementation of Prakarsa and any other program related and connected to the outermost islands development issues nowadays.
 
Specifically, it was intended to collect status and outcome of the facilitation and management of prearranged facilities — PLTS and desalination system. In order to tackle the issues for the upcoming 4 months before the termination of Prakarsa in December 2016, this workshop has facilitated participants to define issues and recommendations for the management and the future of resources through information sharing, experiences and ideas.
 
The workshop also covered various topics, such as National Electrification in PPKT Region by MEMR, Fishermen Villages by Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, Community Empowerment at PPKT Through Multi-partnership Programme by DFW Indonesia, Experiences of BRI in Koperasi and Small-scale Micro Enterprises Funding for National-border Locations, Lessons-learnt of Regional Economic Development (RED) Swiss Contact, Rural Electricity to Support Islands’ Economic Programme by EnDev ID and additional on Productive Economic Group by Javara Company and Urchin Indonesia.
 
Overall, the data and information delivered by the participants and resource persons, as well as summary and recommendation were in shape with the workshop’s objective regarding implementation of Prakarsa during the last 3 years. DFW has successfully organised this workshop based on inputs provided by MMAF and EnDev ID. Information and ideas from participants regarding issues and actions must be followed up for the upcoming 4 months.

Capacity Building for PV Mini-grid Work Acceptance Committee

Aug 22, 2016

In three consecutive years (2013-2015), GIZ undertook technical reviews of in total 305 PV mini-grid systems known as PLTS installed across the country. The technical reviews were conducted at the specific written request of the Directorate General for New and Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (DGNREEC) and results are treated in the strictest confidentiality. These PLTS sites are technically almost identical with capacity ranging from 15-150 kWp, either DC or AC-coupled system using lead-acid battery storage.

Technical checklists and guideline have been specifically formulated for the PLTS inspection, which was conducted by national experts. A manual book titled Inspection Guide for PV Mini-grid (GIZ, 2015) was compiled as a means to guide the upcoming inspectors in conducting their tasks.

In 2016, the GIZ support is shifted to enhance the capacity of DGNREEC’s staff particularly those who are assigned as the Work Acceptance Committee (known as PPHP; Panitia Penerima Hasil Pekerjaan). We realise the urgent and strategic role of PPHP to ensure the PLTS installations comply with the contractual technical specification as well as best practices. Therefore, a training programme was held in two batches on 4-5 August 2016 in Bekasi and 18-19 August 2016 in Bogor. In the first batch of PLTS inspection training, there were at least 19 people participating the whole sessions and up to additional 8 people participated partially in several sessions. Meanwhile in the second batch there were 17 participants.

The training was officially opened by the Director for Various New and Renewable Energy, Ibu Maritje Hutapea. In her opening remarks, she emphasized on the government’s target in providing electricity access to over 12,000 villages spread throughout the country. There are concerns on technical and sustainability aspects which need to be tackled. PPHP is seen as the front-liner for safeguarding the PLTS installation quality. Thus some measures on building the capacity of PPHP is vital. She highly appreciates the ongoing cooperation with GIZ including the support in improving PPHP’s competence to conduct their tasks through this inspection training.

The training module comprises topics on Component Compliance, Performance Verification, Workmanship Quality, and inspection tips which include photo taking and technical measurement. Both lecture method and practical exercise were used to familiarise PPHP with the inspection tools. A case study on evaluating two PLTS installations was part of the exercise, followed by a roleplay to illustrate the importance of thorough observation and convincing evidence.

At the end of the training programme, the post-test results showed significant improvement where in average the participants could answer correctly two times more questions compared to the pre-test. The participants found that the training programme was really useful and help them to understand more the technical aspects of PV mini-grid. They are excited to apply these tools during their assignment in the field.

Energy Sovereignty to Accelerate the Development of Integrated Marine and Fisheries Centre in Small Outermost Islands

Jul 21, 2016

Jakarta, Indonesia - Since 2015, the Directorate General of Sea Space Management (DG SSM), Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Republic of Indonesia, and Destructive Fishing Watch (DFW) have been collaborating with GIZ Indonesia in its rural energy initiative. The collaboration is implemented through Energising Development Indonesia (EnDev ID) activities in supporting the community facilitator programme for 31 small and outermost islands. The partnership is formed under capacity building theme by conducting training for the community facilitators who will work for 8 months in the islands. This training, “Community-based Solar Power Plant Management Programme in the Small and Outermost Islands”, hold a critical part in the development of the outermost islands which recently were granted  with energy and water facilities to improve their quality of life.

The energy infrastructure in the form of solar micro-grid was part of rural electrification programme by the Directorate General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (DG NREEC), under the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, of which GIZ has been collaborating with since the establishment of the DG in 2010.

The first batch of training was held in 2015, and it is maintained until 2016, where the second batch training was held from 29 March to 2 April 2016, in Jakarta. The training aims to strengthen the facilitators’ competence and skill to assist the community in managing their resources and facilities to prosper. It comprises competence in management, technical aspect of solar micro-grid, and community empowerment. They were also equipped with the skill to coordinate and facilitate progress with the relevant stakeholders, as well as guiding the community to be empowered.

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