Electricity for Kasepuhan Adat Ciptagelar
As one of the subsidairies of PT ABM Investama Tbk, PT Sumberdaya Sewatama (Sewatama) also have a commitment to held a sustainable society development program as known as Corporate Citizenship themed “Realizing Autonomy of Ciptagelar” (Mewujudukan Kemandirian Ciptagelar) which one of the program is rehabilitating 100 kW Micro-Hydro Power Plant (Pembangkit Listrik Tenaga Mikro Hidro – PLMTH) for Adat Kasepuhan Ciptagelar.
Adat Kasepuhan Adat Ciptagelar is one of the Banten Kidul society which still depends on rice cultivating. Since 645 years ago, Adat Kasepuhan Ciptagelar have held a rice rite that called Seren Taun. Placed in a valley of Halimun Mountain, Adat Kasepuhan Ciptagelar could be reach within 2 – 3 hours from Pelabuhan Ratu, Sukabumi, West Jawa. The population of Adat Kasepuhan Ciptgelar is more than 30.000 people that spreaded into 568 villages all over Halimun Mountain.
Since 1990, Adat Kasepuhan Ciptagelar benefit the independently built 80 kW Micro-Hydro Power Plant. Before Sewatama came in, the plant is not usable, especially its structure and generator.
In 2011, collaborating with a foundation and supported by Sewatama’s Volunteer (SS Volunteers – Sumberdaya Sewatama Volunteers) called Pita Oren, started to repair and upgrade the capacity of the plant to 100 kW and in mid 2013, Ciganas Micro-Hydro Power Plant was finally back in business and started to supply the electricity of society in Adat Kasepuhan Ciptagelar.
In 18th April 2014, there was a formal handover ceremony of Ciganas Micro-Hydro Power Plant from Sewatama, represented by the President Director of Sewatama, Mr. N. Hasto Kristiyono, to the head of Adat Kasepuhan Ciptagelar, Abah Ugi Sugriana.