PV MAGAZINE - Indonesia's Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arcandra Tahar was dismissed on Monday, less than a month after the government issued a new decree for the development of 5 GW of solar energy over the next 2-3 years using a new feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme.

The energy boat in Indonesia was rocked this week with the dismissal of Arcandra Tahar, however, there is no indication it will have any negative consequences on the country’s new drive to develop its solar industry. As part of the plan, a new FIT has been set with prices up to USD 0.25 per kWh, alongside a goal of adding 5 GW of solar capacity over the next 2-3 years.

Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arcandra Tahar was fired in somewhat unusual circumstances, after President Joko Widodo discovered that he had been living in the U.S. for the last 20 years and was a holder of a U.S. citizenship. Although Tahar had only been in the position for three weeks, Widodo officially dismissed him once he was made aware of the situation.

In the interim, Widodo has appointed Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan to the position as a short term solution. However, there is no indication that this should have any immediate effects on the government’s new solar decree.


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