Matt MacDonald's international consultancy expresses how the geothermal project at Rentau Dedap in South Sumatra has had an impact on the local community in terms of both economic development and social impact.
The company reports on its research on the Rantau Dedap geothermal power plant in Sumatra in an article published by an international infrastructure, strategy and technology consultant Matt MacDonald.
If the project to be launched in 2020 goes online, it will provide "lasting social dividends as well as 90 MW of carbon-free electricity," the company says. The plant would provide much-needed stable power to South Sumatra's grid. Below the company's effect on the venture.
The geothermal power plant is expected to generate more than 90MW of electricity before its completion in 2020, adequate for up to 130,000 households throughout the country, and to mitigate CO2 emissions by more than 400,000 t annually.
The closest settlement is the small village of Tunggul Bute, home to the Semendo people whose lives and families are based on farming, primarily cultivating rice and Robusta coffee, an essential component of popular espresso blends consumed across the US, Western Europe and Japan. The closest community is the tiny village of Tunggul Bute, home to the Semendo people whose livelihoods are based on farming, primarily cultivating rice and Robusta coffee, an essential component of popular espresso blends enjoyed throughout the United States, Western Europe and Japan.
Until recently, the full value of coffee crops scarcely entered the hands of the farmers because an unpaved road, accessible only by horse or bicycle, was the only link to the outside world. Farmers were forced to share income with local hauliers, on whom they relied to export the coffee. The main road servicing the village was paved before the building of the geothermal plant could begin, enabling farmers to directly access the national market.
As a result, their coffee is now popular throughout Indonesia. Locals also benefited from the cooperative selling off parcels of land to Supreme Power, totalling 125 ha. Farmers used the money they paid to buy secure land titles, allowing them to continue growing coffee as their primary livelihood and expanding it.
The money also allowed farmers to invest in new grinding and packaging coffee equipment to be able to sell their product at a higher price. The group saw coffee yields double and higher market prices for raw and refined goods once complemented by innovative coffee growing (stem grafting) methods, coffee processing and marketing exposure over a year.
From our in-depth understanding of the project and its environment, we gave suggestions to the plant manager and updated the skills development and community engagement system that prioritized crop diversification–planting short-harvested fruit and vegetables–to minimize farmers ' reliance on coffee as their primary source of income.
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