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Indonesia Solar Is Finally Tapped, But for Its Rich Neighbor Singapore

New giant solar projects will export clean power to Singapore, while Indonesia remains reliant on coal at home.

Despite having the world’s fourth-largest population and ample amounts of sun-soaked land near the equator, Indonesia has one of the smallest renewable energy footprints in the world.

Despite having the world’s fourth-largest population and ample amounts of sun-soaked land near the equator, Indonesia has one of the smallest renewable energy footprints in the world.

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Solar power developers are finally tapping into Indonesia’s rich potential to generate power from the sun, but the biggest beneficiary of their proposed projects will be the archipelago’s wealthy neighbor Singapore.

Indonesia is ripe for developing renewable energy. A local think tank last year estimated that the country could theoretically generate almost 20 million megawatts of solar power, more than double the combined capacity of every power plant in the world.