Regional: Promoting Access to Renewable Energy in the Pacific

Sovereign Project | 42465-012

Summary

The regional technical assistance aims to increase the use of sustainable, safe, reliable, affordable, and versatile renewable energy products in three Pacific developing member countries through the successful demonstration of selected examples of such products and their readiness for replication and scaling up.

In Solomon Islands, the TA supported the use of coconut oil blend with diesel to fuel one power plant located in Auki, Malaita Province. The TA also supported an investigation of hydropower resources in provincial centers.

In Vanuatu, the TA is supporting the investigation of hydropower resources in Malekula and Santo Islands. It also supported a grid-connected solar PV pilot in Santo.

In Papua New Guinea, the TA is supporting the utility in designing a cascade management plan for one of its hydropower sites.

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Project Name Promoting Access to Renewable Energy in the Pacific
Project Number 42465-012
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7329-REG: Promoting Access to Renewable Energy in the Pacific
Clean Energy Fund - Multi-Donor US$ 3.00 million
TA 7329-REG: Promoting Access to Renewable Energy in the Pacific (Supplementary)
Strategic Climate Fund US$ 100,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Energy - Renewable energy generation - small hydro - Renewable energy generation - solar
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

The regional technical assistance aims to increase the use of sustainable, safe, reliable, affordable, and versatile renewable energy products in three Pacific developing member countries through the successful demonstration of selected examples of such products and their readiness for replication and scaling up.

In Solomon Islands, the TA supported the use of coconut oil blend with diesel to fuel one power plant located in Auki, Malaita Province. The TA also supported an investigation of hydropower resources in provincial centers.

In Vanuatu, the TA is supporting the investigation of hydropower resources in Malekula and Santo Islands. It also supported a grid-connected solar PV pilot in Santo.

In Papua New Guinea, the TA is supporting the utility in designing a cascade management plan for one of its hydropower sites.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy This TA is consistent with both ADB Strategy 2020, and ADB Energy Policy 2009 which call for the promotion of renewable energy under the core specializations of infrastructure and environment. The TA is also consistent with ADB's recently published Pacific Approach (2010-2014), which highlights the role renewable energy can play in reducing dependence on fossil fuels and lowering GHG emissions in PDMCs. The Pacific Approach Framework also identifies the energy sector as one of the top four operational priorities for the region. The TA is consistent the participating PDMCs' Country Partnership Strategies, which highlight energy as strategic objectives.
Impact Pacific DMCs increasingly use sustainable, safe, reliable, affordable, and versatile renewable energy.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Sustainable, safe, reliable, affordable, and versatile renewable energy is successfully demonstrated and ready for replication and scaling up
Progress Toward Outcome

Solomon Islands. Trial has been completed use of coconut oil as a diesel replacement in a generator in Auki, Malaita Province. Pre-feasibility studies were prepared for 5 small hydropower sites.

Vanuatu. 40kW grid connected solar plant installed on Governmnet building roofs in Luganville. Pre-feasibility studies prepared for 2 small hydropower sites.

Papua New Guinea. Cascade Management Plan prepared for teh Rouna Hydropower cascade.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Detailed design of pilot projects is finalized.

2. Renewable energy technologies are shown to meet the energy needs of target communities.

3. Preparatory work for scaling up renewable energy technologies is completed.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Output 1: Pilot project design completed.

Output 2: Solomon Islands' pilot coconut oil power generation trial completed successfully. Utility expanding trial. In Vanuatu, the grid connected solar is commissioned and utility is gaining valuable experience in blending inermittent solar onto the grid.

Output 3: Hydropower sites screened and selected in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In Solomon Islands, prefeasibility studies prepared fro 5 sites. Pre-feasibility studies for two hydropower sites completed in Vanuatu.

Geographical Location Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will require 49 person-months of international consultancy and 37 person-months of national consultancy. Consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time). Consulting firms will be requested to submit full technical proposals. The ratio for selection will be 80% quality and 20% cost. It is anticipated that TA will be implemented under three separate contracts with international consulting firms, one for each country, because of the variety of tasks to be carried out and the importance of country-specific experience when operating in challenging environments such as rural PNG.
Responsible ADB Officer Anthony Maxwell
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 20 Oct 2008
Fact Finding 11 Nov 2008 to 06 Feb 2009
MRM -
Approval 11 Aug 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 06 Apr 2009
Last PDS Update 26 Nov 2014

TA 7329-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Aug 2009 - 11 Aug 2009 31 Aug 2012 31 Mar 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 3,100,000.00 600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,700,000.00 11 Aug 2009 2,702,048.68
Title Document Type Document Date
Promoting Access to Renewable Energy in the Pacific Technical Assistance Reports Jul 2009

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