Regional: Solar Energy Development in South Asia (Cluster TA)

Sovereign Project | 43522-012

Summary

The Strategy 2020 of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) states (i) ADB will strengthen its operational emphasis on the environment to realize environmentally sustainable growth for the region, (ii) ADB will expand its promotion of, and investment in, sound environmental management, while simultaneously capitalizing on its operational strengths, such as infrastructure development and finance, and (iii), in its programs, policies, and strategies, ADB will emphasize climate change aspects where it could help DMCs transition their economies onto low-carbon growth paths, among others, by: expanding the use of clean energy sources.

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Project Name Solar Energy Development in South Asia (Cluster TA)
Project Number 43522-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 0004-REG: Solar Energy Development in South Asia (Cluster TA)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.40 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector Energy - Renewable energy generation - solar
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Strategy 2020 of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) states (i) ADB will strengthen its operational emphasis on the environment to realize environmentally sustainable growth for the region, (ii) ADB will expand its promotion of, and investment in, sound environmental management, while simultaneously capitalizing on its operational strengths, such as infrastructure development and finance, and (iii), in its programs, policies, and strategies, ADB will emphasize climate change aspects where it could help DMCs transition their economies onto low-carbon growth paths, among others, by: expanding the use of clean energy sources.

The Energy Policy 2009 recognizes ADB's role in renewable energy development, facilitation of wider deployment of technologies by raising awareness, promoting policy and regulatory incentives to encourage their use, and promoting financing packages that share risks and lower costs. The Energy Policy 2009 states that ADB would also support DMCs in technology transfer for cleaner technologies through demonstration projects. For the South Asian DMCs, solar energy can favorably compare to other common renewable energy sources such as wind and small hydropower on account of widespread availability. In addition, the modular nature of the technology and relative ease of installation in inhabited areas are considered beneficial. In this context, ADB considers particularly important the need for identification of key solar energy technologies relevant to Asian DMCs, potential opportunities for end-use applications for these technologies and the development of an enabling environment for the deployment of these technologies.

Solar energy technology (for example grid connected solar photovoltaic (PV) with a 70-percent increase in existing worldwide capacity to 13 GW in 2008) has been considered an important component for sustainable development and addressing climate change concerns across several countries. Of particular relevance to the Asian developing member countries (DMCs) context is the fact that solar energy could assist in addressing multiple national imperatives such as energy security, electrification in remote areas, employment generation, provision of resilient livelihoods and could potentially be a driver for inclusive economic growth in remote areas.

ADB considers it an imperative to provide support to DMCs in an integrated and collective manner to develop and deploy solar power generation and the synergized technologies through (i) communication to identify the opportunities for solar energy development among participating South Asian DMCs , (ii) knowledge sharing on best practices for solar energy development, (iii) development of solar energy projects based on the lessons learnt from the past efforts of ADB and other development partners, and (iv) collective capacity development program.

Impact Development of a sustainable solar energy sector in South Asia to support inclusive and low carbon economic growth
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Creation of an enabling environment for development of solar energy projects among South Asian DMCs
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Opportunity assessment for solar energy in South Asian DMCs

2. Subprojects to be conducted in South Asian DMCs (potential areas could include the following)

(i) policy and regulatory framework development and implementation,

(ii) institutional capacity development,

(iii) solar mapping or other prefeasibility studies,

(iv) rural-electrification business model development,

(v) smart grid and smart mini-grid feasibility,

(vi) innovative financing mechanisms for solar energy projects, and

(vii) application to climate change adaptation efforts

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location South Asia
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 Subproject 1 will require, on an intermittent basis, 6 person-months of international consulting services (Solar Energy Development Specialist) and 3 person-months of national consulting services (Workshop Management Specialist). Both the consultants will be recruited as individual consultants. The consultants will be engaged iin accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (February 2007, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Satoshi Fukushima
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 Oct 2009
Fact Finding 03 Nov 2009 to 11 Nov 2009
MRM -
Approval 10 Dec 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 25 Nov 2009
Last PDS Update 22 Mar 2013

TA 0004-REG

Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,400,000.00 - 0.00
Title Document Type Document Date
Solar Energy Development in South Asia TA Completion Reports Oct 2013
Solar Energy Development in South Asia Technical Assistance Reports Dec 2009

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