Baron Technopark Renewable Energy Based Hybrid Electrical Generation Plant is a project implemented by the Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), with funding from Norway, with the aim to promote the use of renewable energies for electricity generations and other uses. The goal of the project is to build a research and utilization model for electricity generation technologies using renewable energy alternatives. The project is based on a bilateral agreement from 2009. The project is located in Baron Beach, Kabupaten Gunung Kidul, around two hours driving from Yogyakarta.
The Norwegian Ambassador H.E. Mr. Eivind Homme went to the site for the inauguration of Baron Technopark on Tuesday 5 June 2012. Vice Governor of Yogyakarta, Vice Minister of Research and Technology, Chairman of BPPT, Bupati Gunung Kidul, as well as representatives from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Public Works and National Development Planning Agency were also there for the inauguration. Around 250 festive children and youth were among the crowd welcoming them at the site, waving the Indonesian and Norwegian flag.
“Baron Technopark Project is yet another and exiting concrete result of the bilateral Energy Dialogue between Indonesia and Norway. This demonstration project is important as a model for next generator energy supply, using renewable energy alternatives with solar, biofuel, wind, etc. It will help Indonesia move forward with regard to its ambitions on fighting climate change and achieve a new energy mix, with more use of renewable energy” says Ambassador Homme. He also noted in his speech the positive feedback the project got from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Norwegian Development Agency, Norad, among others, after the BPPT visit to Norway in 2011. Ambassador Homme also congratulated all involved, in particular the people of the district and regency, and expressed hope that “Baron Technopark would be a contribution towards local industrial, recreational and education development, truly act as a center of excellence for the future”.