AANE was formed in 2008 as a joint venture between ANJA and a German company, Aufwind Schmack Asia Holding GmbH, to develop and operate renewable energy projects in Indonesia. The project met feasibility requirements under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), a Kyoto Protocol initiative that supports emissions-reduction projects to generate credits for use in emissions trading schemes. The 1.2MW Belitung power plant was registered as a CDM project in 2009 and was fully operational in 2012. During 2015, AANE expanded the capacity of the plant from 1.2MW to 1.8MW and commenced commercial operation on January 2016. With the new capacity, the biogas power plant is able to generate electricity through the State Electricity Company (PLN) for 2,000 households with a capacity of 900 VA per home.
In 2013 AANE obtained a license to be an independent power producer (IPP) and began commercial operation in December 2013. AANE became the first IPP in Indonesia that operates a biogas power plant and commercially sells the electricity.
AANE continues to explore the development of a second biogas facility, to be located at North Sumatra I Plantation. It is expected that in the medium term a biogas project will be developed at each producing plantation to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, maximize the use of byproducts and generate additional value across the group’s business units.