Launching largest solar panel roof installation in SE Asia

Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia officially inaugurated the largest solar panel roof installation in a production facility in South East Asia – panels covering 72,000 square metres.

West Cikarang, 30 September 2020 – Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia (Amatil Indonesia) officially inaugurated the largest solar panel roof installation in a production facility in South East Asia – panels covering 72,000 square metres and valued at USD 5.8 million (IDR 87 billion).

The inauguration of Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia’s solar panel roof installation was attended by Coordinating Minister of Economics Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, the Deputy Governor of West Java, Uu Ruzhanul Ulum, President Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia & PNG, Kadir Gunduz, and virtually attended by Managing Director of Coca-Cola Amatil, Alison Watkins.

Kadir Gunduz, the President Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia said the panels would generate 9.6 million kWh of electricity per annuum which is enough to cut carbon emissions by 8.9 million kilograms a year. The initiative is part of Amatil’s commitment in supporting government’s pledge to limit global warning and reduce emissions by obtaining at least 60 per cent of our energy needs from renewable and low-carbon sources.

“Sustainability is at the core of our business model, from the way we source raw materials and manufacture products to the way we communicate through brands and manage our people,” Mr Gunduz said. “We have set targets for the use of renewable and low-carbon energy, and reducing the emissions intensity associated with ‘the drink in your hand’. One of the latest investments is this solar panel roof instalment.”

“This initiative proudly supports the Indonesian government’s ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the country by 29% or equal to 314 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030, as well as our contributions towards a number of Sustainable Development Goals.

“We believe that renewable energy is one of the most effective ways to combat climate change and prevent the worst effects of rising temperatures, in line with the efforts made by the government for this country.

“With this, we will be able to leave positive legacy and ensure minimal impact on the environment and the world we live in,” Mr Gunduz said.

Managing Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Alison Watkins also mentioned that Amatil is closer to its 2020 sustainability goal and hoped that this milestone will inspire other businesses in Indonesia to continue, or commence, their own renewable energy and energy efficiency goals.

Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartanto shared his appreciation on the solar panel rooftop instalment, as Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia investment supports the government’s effort in suppressing greenhouse gas emissions, which also aligns with Amatil Indonesia’s focus in the development of renewable energy. “The solar panel installation at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia (CCAI) is one of renewable energy utilization that will support government’s commitment under National Energy Policy,” said Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto.

Minister Airlangga explained that the government is currently encouraging renewable energy contribution to 23% by 2025, which will be then increased on a yearly basis. “And what is done today could reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 314 million tonnes. This is an incredible thing. As mentioned earlier by Alison, this is equal to saving (re:carbon footprint) from 7,000 cars for a year,” he added.

Uu Ruzhanul Ulum, the Vice Governor of West Java added, “We hope that the utilization of solar panel, as demonstrated by Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia could be followed by other businesses in West Java.”
The panel installation is overseen by renewable energy providers LYS and Alfa Services, and the project instalment was started in 2019. Both partners said that they were proud to be take part in delivering the largest solar panel roof installation in a manufacturing facility in South East Asia, 2nd in Asia Pacific, and 4th in the world with Amatil Indonesia.

“Herewith this success, we’re looking forward to expanding our solar panel roof plans to our other manufacturing facilities. Renewable energy will be one of our main initiatives to combat climate change,” Mr Gunduz said.

Other renewable energy projects supported by Amatil Indonesia include the provision of 243,383 energy saving coolers for our customers saving 178 million kwh of energy per annuum, installed LED as lighting alternative across all plants, mainly for new production lines and converted boiler, power plant, and forklift from diesel to natural gas and compressed natural gas since 2008.

West Cikarang’s Solar Panel Rooftop details:
  • The installation covers 72,000 square metres and generating 7.34 MWp of solar power during peak capacity.
  • This largest solar panel roof installation in a production facility in South East Asia, 2nd in Asia Pacific, and 4th in the world and valued at USD 5.8 million (IDR 87 billion)
  • The solar panel rooftop can generate 9.6mio kwh of clean solar to power the production facility.