Renewables: Jakarta affirms support but weak in enforcing law

A long-running battle between villagers and developers of a geothermal plant in Java has exposed the trouble some investors face when building green energy projects in Indonesia.

For 10 years, the project's owners have not been able to start work on the 110MW project in Padarincang, Banten province, two hours' drive from Jakarta. The project site is on higher ground near an ancient volcano that has natural spring water.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2021, with the headline 'Renewables: Jakarta affirms support but weak in enforcing law'. Subscribe