Regional: Needs Assessment and Development of the Solar Energy Program

Sovereign Project | 44102-012

Summary

The proposed regional capacity development technical assistance aims to promote solar energy and stable grid development in the Asia and Pacific region. The TA will contribute to an advanced understanding of the opportunity by all the relevant stakeholders for solar energy development in the region, the key actions required to accelerate solar energy development institutional and business models for development and deployment, and mechanisms to promote technology transfer to developing countries and to enhance the scope for cooperation on research and development.

Latest Project Documents


Project Data Sheets (PDS) contain summary information on the project or program. Because the PDS is a work in progress, some information may not be included in its initial version but will be added as it becomes available. Information about proposed projects is tentative and indicative.

The Public Communications Policy (PCP) recognizes that transparency and accountability are essential to development effectiveness. It establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced.

The Accountability Mechanism provides a forum where people adversely affected by ADB-assisted projects can voice and seek solutions to their problems and report alleged noncompliance of ADB's operational policies and procedures.

In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.

Project Name Needs Assessment and Development of the Solar Energy Program
Project Number 44102-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7510-REG: Needs Assessment and Development of the Solar Energy Program
Clean Energy Facility - Asian Clean Energy Fund US$ 1.00 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 The proposed regional capacity development technical assistance aims to promote solar energy and stable grid development in the Asia and Pacific region. The TA will contribute to an advanced understanding of the opportunity by all the relevant stakeholders for solar energy development in the region, the key actions required to accelerate solar energy development institutional and business models for development and deployment, and mechanisms to promote technology transfer to developing countries and to enhance the scope for cooperation on research and development.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The TA will cover (i) large scale solar photovoltaic (SPV) and solar thermal projects, (ii) grid-connected distributed SPV projects, (iii) off-grid solar power generation project, (iv) stable grid development projects using batteries and two-way meters, and (v) associated technologies, e.g., lithium-ion batteries, plug-in electric vehicles. In order to mainstream such projects, a well-organized and systematic knowledge management program will be critical and will need to involve (i) DMC governments, (ii) private sector and R&D agencies, and (iii) donor countries and development partners.

Through the knowledge management program, DMC governments will be able to (i) promote foreign direct investment by international private companies; (ii) facilitate technology transfer by matching domestic and foreign private companies, e.g., manufacturers, developers, suppliers, and financiers; (iii) mobilize concessional funding from developmen partners and developed countries to structure financially viable projects; (iv) formulate and implement an optimal solar policy and regulatory framework so that many private sector enterprises can enter the market; and (v) receive capacity development support from developed countries and development partners.

The private sector will be able to: (i) have access to DMC government policy makers, (ii) acquire the latest information on DMC market development, (iii) develop consortia with foreign and domestic enterprises, and (iv) approach development partners and developed country governments to provide financial and technical assistance with which the bankable projects can be developed.

The knowledge management program will also be beneficial for ADB and its development partners as they will be able to: (i) promote regional and national policy dialogue, (ii) tailor lending and guarantee operations to DMCs and the private sector, (iii) develop effective technical assistance to match the needs of DMCs and the private sector, and (iv) share best practices.

Impact Solar energy and stable grid development in the Asia Pacific region for inclusive and low carbon economic growth.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increased knowledge and enhanced capacity for using solar energy in Asia and the Pacific.
Progress Toward Outcome Both the First and the Second Meetings of the ASEF brought together key policy makers and solar energy professionals from ADB member countries with major solar energy and smart grid manufacturers, developers, suppliers, industry associations and knowledge institutes. These meetings paved the way for the establishment of the ASEF as a not-for-profit knowledge society.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs (i) Needs Assessment Report (ii) Knowledge Mapping and Gap Analysis Report (iii) Knowledge Network and Outreach Program (iv) Solar Energy Forum (v) Pilot Capacity development and knowledge sharing programs (vi) Concept Paper for Solar Knowledge Management
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Under the TA, ADB hosted the First Meeting of the Asia Solar Energy Forum (ASEF) in July 2010, in Manila, brought together key policy makers and solar energy professionals from nearly 30 countries of ADB's member countries with major solar energy and smart grid manufacturers, developers, suppliers, industry associations and knowledge institutions. The Meeting initiated a dialogue and discussed ADB's role to support solar energy development in Asia and the Pacific.

The Second Meeting of the ASEF, which was held in December in Tokyo, Japan, was a follow-up on the outcome of the First Meeting of the ASEF, and with the key objective of establishing the Asia Solar Energy Forum as an independent, not-for-profit knowledge management platform.

Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation was made with stakeholders from governments and the private sector, among others, at the high level dialogue for climate change in December 2009 at Copenhagen.
During Project Implementation On-going consultation with stakeholders from governments and the private sector.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Individual consultants: 19 person months of international consultants (i) Solar Energy Knowledge Management Specialist (ii) Energy Specialist (iii) Energy Financing Specialist (iv) Outreach Specialist 12 person months of domestic consultants (i) Logistics Coordinator (ii) Training Specialist
Responsible ADB Officer Naoki Sakai
Responsible ADB Department SDCC
Responsible ADB Division Sustainable Infrastructure Division, RSDD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 16 Dec 2009
Fact Finding 11 Mar 2009 to 25 Mar 2009
MRM -
Approval 17 Mar 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 30 Apr 2010
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2012

TA 7510-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Mar 2010 - 17 Mar 2010 31 Mar 2011 31 Mar 2012 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 17 Mar 2010 765,571.66

Safeguard Documents

See also: Safeguards

No documents found.

Evaluation Documents

See also: Independent Evaluation

No documents found.


The Public Communications Policy (PCP) establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced in its operations to facilitate stakeholder participation in ADB's decision-making. For more information, refer to the Safeguard Policy Statement, Operations Manual F1, and Operations Manual L3.

Requests for information may also be directed to the InfoUnit.