Tonga: Outer Island Renewable Energy Project

Sovereign Project | 43452-012

Summary

The proposed project will assist the government's efforts to reducing the country's heavy reliance on imported fossil fuels for power generation. By providing a secure, sustainable and environmentally-sound source of electricity for private and commercial customers, it will implement 0.75 MWp solar power capacity connected to the existing diesel networks of Tonga's outer islands of Ha'apai, Vava'u and 'Eua, saving yearly about 700 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Before project implementation, a project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) will assess the solar resource in each of the selected sites, draft technical designs, and energy and network synchronization studies (to guarantee grid stability), conduct social and environmental analysis, and provide training programs to Tonga Power Limited (TPL) personnel and customers. The propsoed grant is in line with ADB's Energy Policy 2009 which promotes deployment of clean energy in its developing member countries as a key activity.

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Title Document Date
Outer Island Renewable Energy Project Nov 2011

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Project Name Outer Island Renewable Energy Project
Project Number 43452-012
Country Tonga
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7940-TON: Outer Island Renewable Energy Project
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 500,000.00
TA 7940-TON: Outer Island Renewable Energy Project (supplementary financing)
Clean Energy Fund - Multi-Donor US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Energy - Renewable energy generation - solar
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The proposed project will assist the government's efforts to reducing the country's heavy reliance on imported fossil fuels for power generation. By providing a secure, sustainable and environmentally-sound source of electricity for private and commercial customers, it will implement 0.75 MWp solar power capacity connected to the existing diesel networks of Tonga's outer islands of Ha'apai, Vava'u and 'Eua, saving yearly about 700 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Before project implementation, a project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) will assess the solar resource in each of the selected sites, draft technical designs, and energy and network synchronization studies (to guarantee grid stability), conduct social and environmental analysis, and provide training programs to Tonga Power Limited (TPL) personnel and customers. The propsoed grant is in line with ADB's Energy Policy 2009 which promotes deployment of clean energy in its developing member countries as a key activity.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

A project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) is required to develop the project in three main outer island groups of 'Eua, Ha'apai and Vava'u. It will include (1) solar resource assessment, (ii) screening and site selection for one solar plant on each island group, (iii) preparation of conceptual feasibility studies for the selected schemes including all technical, economic, financial, environmental, legal and social considerations, and (iv) capacity strengthening program of executing and implementing agencies, including customers.

The impact of the project will be reduction of Tonga's dependence on imported diesel for power generation. The outcome will be that customers within the project area have access to electricity generaged by solar power. The outputs will include (i) TPL implements and commissions 0.75 MWp solar power capacity in the project area; (ii) TPL staff has capacity to undertake planning and TPL customers to manage adequately electricity services; and (iii) efficient project management services.

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Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
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Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The PPTA will require 13 person-months of international and 6 person-months of national consulting inputs. ADB will hire a consulting firm in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (April 2010, as amended from time to time). The consulting firm will be engaged through quality- and cost-based selection method (quality-cost ratio of 90:10), due to the specific technological complexity of the project using simplified technical proposal. The proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in line with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (April 2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Paul Hattle
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Tonga Energy Road MapRoyco Building , 2nd Floor Fata
Fehi Road, Nuku' Alofa, Tonga
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 02 Dec 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 21 Dec 2011

TA 7940-TON

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Dec 2011 23 Jan 2012 23 Jan 2012 31 Aug 2012 31 Mar 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 725,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 725,000.00 02 Dec 2011 724,998.14
Title Document Type Document Date
Outer Island Renewable Energy Project Technical Assistance Reports Nov 2011

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