Workshop 4 : Advancing solar energy narrative and preparing solar workforce
Indonesia has seen a substantial increase of solar energy users over the past three years - owing to government regulations, market opportunities, as well as interest from business players to utilise solar energy. The growth, however, is still constrained by limited awareness, hesitancy on price point, and doubts on solar technology - as it is new to potential users. Stories and examples of solar energy use are scattered across different sectors, and less on layman’s terms. Solar energy narratives need to be diversified, to boost adoption in a number of potential markets, including in residential, public facilities, religious buildings, and small, commercial businesses.
There is also growing concern on human resource readiness. At university level, renewable energy (including solar) has yet to enter mainstream curriculum and practices. Skilled workers needed for installation and maintenance, who can be trained in vocational schools, are also still a rarity. As green jobs in the solar industry will continue to increase, Indonesia needs a plan and preparation to seize the market.
The workshop will serve as a platform to highlight needs and recommendations to advance solar energy narrative in Indonesia and examine the necessity of solar workforce preparation, corresponding to existing education curriculum and its subsequent adjustments.