Tapping into Indonesias vast geothermal potential to generate clean electricity
There are over 150 active volcanoes in Indonesia, giving the archipelago nation huge potential for geothermal energy production. Indeed, 40 percent of the worlds geothermal reserves are located underneath Indonesia, but only about 6 percent have been developed. Setting up a geothermal power plant is costly and risky. On top of this, geothermal exploration was classed as a mining activity by the government until 2014. This made it near-impossible to pursue, as almost 80 percent of Indonesias geothermal locations are within protected national parks.