To help residents who live in an Indonesian village without enough power, Panasonic Corporation installed the “Power Supply Container” to the National Elementary School Karimunjawa 01. The handover ceremony was held jointly with Koperasi Pundih Artah, a project partner; and the Institute of Business and Economic Democracy Foundation (IBEKA), an Indonesian NGO on July 17th.
The receiver, the National Elementary School Karimunjawa 01, is an elementary school in Karimunjawa Island, Jepara District, Central Jawa Province. It locates in an area where electricity is available at night thanks to diesel generators yet the generators stop in the daytime. As no power for the village during the daytime interferes with administrative and commercial activities, improvement of the educational environment had been the top priority for the island. To solve this social issue, Koperasi Pundih Artah, which received Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security, IBEKA and Panasonic have launched a project for improving the educational environment, by supplying and installing the Power Supply Container, under the cooperation of Jepara District and the Embassy of Japan in Indonesia. Panasonic’s Power Supply Container will be used as a stand-alone photovoltaic power package after being completely installed.
During school hours, the Power Supply Container gives support to improve the educational environment; children can use LED lighting fixtures, ceiling fans and audiovisual educational materials using PCs and TVs. When there are no classes, the electricity is sold to nearby areas through a management association of the Power Supply Container to contribute to activation of the regional community and improve the regional electricity infrastructure.
Panasonic has made efforts to provide the Power Supply Container and to offer IBEKA with technical assistance in this project. Meanwhile, IBEKA is giving support for establishing management associations in Karimunjawa for independent operation of power supplies as well as provides training and supports for their operation, management and maintenance to achieve a sustainable power supply in Karimunjawa.