Thursday, March 31, 2011

So cute? I never thought before that remote village of Oeledo in my country become friendly environmentally village

It's should be considered by other provinces of Indonesia, especially central government. However, late response of recent government make this out of reach. I guess the frequent problem of most province concerning to electricity will be solved comprehensively. Is it contraversial? citizen of the remote village can implement friendly environmentally life than urban citizen.

I hope that someday, I can buy electric car to visit this remote village because I am proad of their achievement. I wanna to make complete and comprehensive report about their simple technology into my blog specialized about this village.

The wind and the sun is an unlimited gift. And in the village of Oeledo, it turned into a miracle of grace. Thanks to the wind and the sun, a remote village on the shores of the Straits of Timor, Rote Ndao regency, East Nusa Tenggara is now no longer silent, the nights are no longer dark. In between the sound waves on the beach Oeledo, there are still faint radio voice that flows from cracks in the walls of timber houses. And in the middle of a quiet village, often sounds old-fashioned dot matrix printer rattling from a phone booth stall.

All can happen to thanks to electricity, although PLN's ( state-owned Electricity Company of Republic of Indonesia) cable never spread to arid and impoverished village. This is the power that was born from the marriage with the wind and sun. Electricity instantly change the rhythm of village life that was originally only know one type of work: upland rice farming, scaffolding, or the occasional heavily palm sugar.

Thanks to electricity, residents are now beginning to recognize Oeledo home industries. There's a gamble to open the business fabric, some are a businessman furniture, until the ice plant for pickling fish.

"The presence of electricity has changed my life," said Meri, resident of Oeledo. Before there was electricity in the house, women 37 years it was just a farmer. Now she has transformed a business woman. It was she who led the group of mothers in the manufacture of industrial fabric weavers after emerging.

On the sidelines of his time, she also deals with requests for savings and loans bank's customers in his village. Certainly it is not a big bank like the one in the city. The bank originally was the office "PLN of Oeledo" formed independently by local citizens to manage electricity bills. Later, money from electricity bills is abundant for paying to the office of "PLN" This was a village bank with deposits reached 200 million rupiah.

All fields of new provision is the fruit of the presence of hybrid power plants? Wind and sun? That exist in their village shoreline. Hybrid technology is relatively new. In Indonesia, Oeledo is the first village to use it. In the world, countries that apply this technology in a matter of numbers are still fingers.

It is compared with only wind power and solar energy alone, hybrid technology is clearly superior because it does not entirely depend on the sun. So, when the sky was overcast, or night falls and the sun disappeared, the power plant will be powered by windmills. Electricity was still flowing.

Conversely, when the wind is blowing lackluster, solar cell panels capture the sun can continue to supply electricity. "This plant is suitable for areas that the weather often changed," said Giuseppe, the Italian doctor from the power company, Enel, which became the project consultant.

Because of these advantages, wind power projects and the sun was on June 8, then it won the first race the new generation of environmentally friendly energy in the ASEAN level. The award was given in conjunction with the meeting of ASEAN ministers of energy and mineral sector that took place in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In fact this technology has now become a model for at least 32 countries in Asia and Africa.

Power plant technology is actually not complicated. It consists of three main parts: windmills, solar panels contain cells, and electricity storage. When the wind blows, the blades of windmills will move rotate the dynamo that generates electrical current. Electricity is then distributed to the storage in the form of a car battery.

At the same time, when the sun shines, solar cell panels to be changed to also catch rays into electricity. These panels contain photovoltaic cells made of two layers of silicon. When it is exposed to sunlight, two layers of silicon will produce positive and negative ions, and electricity is created.

Electricity from solar panels and windmills are still in the form of direct current (direct current, DC). Whereas household appliances such as televisions, radios, irons, saws, electric refrigerators require fast-flowing back and forth (alternating current, AC). That's needed for an inverter, converting the DC current into 220 volts AC. The power plant can produce 50 kilowatts of power? It is enough for 600 homes. It is currently only 127 heads of households who subscribe to the electricity. Each of the 450 watts to get electricity and pay Rp 5,000 per month.

Cheap power plant was built in 1997 by E7 (a consortium of electric companies from seven countries, namely Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Britain and the United States). Oeledo was chosen because of an isolated village, having the potential wind and solar are adequate, and there is no electricity from PLN.

Julius said, before there was electricity, the majority of the population lives miserable. They just harvest from farm fields and occasionally take sugar from sugar palm tree. "The median income for families in Oeledo was only Rp 62,500 per month," said Julius Lopo, the local village chief. Home residents were almost entirely walled palm midrib and dirt floors.

When the power began to light up the village, the lives of citizens Oeledo improved. Sewing machines, looms, electric saws began rattling. Cottage industry grew. "Income per family in Oeledo now increase to USD 650 thousand-$ 1 million per month," said Susi MD Katipana, Director of Women in Transitional Foundation, a nonprofit organization designated to escort the electric project.

The wind has been blowing a change in Oeledo. the wind blow collided with the sound track Scorpion group, Wind of Change, which came out of the radio population. "... Take me to the magic of the moment on a glory night. Where the children of tomorrow dream away ...."

reported by
Burhan Sholihin / Jems Fortuna (Kupang)

I hope that someday, I can buy electric car to visit this remote village. I am proad of their achievement.

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