Raising Awareness on the Importance of Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings

The Directorate General of New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (NREEC) of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, together with GGGI and UNDP Indonesia conducted a series of events to raise public awareness on the importance of energy efficiency in Indonesia which consumes 36% of the total energy in South East Asia. This event was conducted throughout September-October 2019 in 7 large Indonesian cities, which are Pekanbaru, Jakarta, Denpasar, Bandung, Semarang, Surabaya and Medan together with the Specific Energy Consumption survey.


The cities were picked because according to the energy consumption data from the State Electricity Company (PLN), the 7 cities houses commercial buildings with high energy consumption. The participants came from various private enterprises who own/manage commercial buildings and industries in each of the cities and its surrounding.


The panelist in this roadshow consisted of staffs from Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resource, PLN, Local governments, Solar PV module manufacturer, and commercial building owners/industry that have installed solar PV rooftop and smart building technologies. The events received high enthusiasm as reflected in the large number of participants in each of the cities; some participants had even come from other provinces to join the events.


The participants were eager to learn how much annual cost saving they can get by implementing energy efficiency and the permit procedure required. Moreover, participants’ eagerness were also shown with the large number of booth attendees for solar PV modules and installation services. According to the Indonesian Solar Module Industry Association (APAMSI), the potential of solar panels for buildings in Indonesia reaches 194 – 665 Gigawatt peak (GWp), and currently only 17,7 percent of that is installed.


Therefore, by conducting the event, it is expected that commercial and industrial building owners and managers with high energy consumption rates would implement energy management that is in line with the national energy conservation targets outlined in the Government Regulation No. 79 year 2014, as well as to increase their interest towards environmentally friendly sources of energy, such as by installing solar PV rooftop.