Regional: Knowledge Platform Development for the Asia Solar Energy Initiative

Sovereign Project | 44233-012

Summary

The regional capacity development TA will contribute to an understanding by all stakeholders of the potential for solar energy in the region, the key actions required to accelerate solar energy development, the institutional and business models for its development and deployment, and the mechanisms to promote technology transfer to DMCs and to enhance the scope for cooperation on research and development.

This initiative will cover (i) large-scale solar photovoltaic and concentrated solar power projects; (ii) grid-connected distributed solar photovoltaic projects; (iii) off-grid solar power generation projects; (iv) stable grid development projects using load management and two-way meters; and (v) associated technologies, such as lithium ion batteries, and plug-in electric vehicles.

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Project Name Knowledge Platform Development for the Asia Solar Energy Initiative
Project Number 44233-012
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7613-REG: Knowledge Platform Development for the Asia Solar Energy Initiative
Clean Energy Facility - Asian Clean Energy Fund US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector Energy - Renewable energy generation - solar
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

The regional capacity development TA will contribute to an understanding by all stakeholders of the potential for solar energy in the region, the key actions required to accelerate solar energy development, the institutional and business models for its development and deployment, and the mechanisms to promote technology transfer to DMCs and to enhance the scope for cooperation on research and development.

This initiative will cover (i) large-scale solar photovoltaic and concentrated solar power projects; (ii) grid-connected distributed solar photovoltaic projects; (iii) off-grid solar power generation projects; (iv) stable grid development projects using load management and two-way meters; and (v) associated technologies, such as lithium ion batteries, and plug-in electric vehicles.

To mainstream such projects, a well-organized Asia Solar Energy Forum (ASEF) is critical, and its must involve DMC governments, the private sector, research and development agencies, civil society organizations, donors, and development partners.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The expected impact of the TA will be inclusive and low-carbon growth in Asia and the Pacific through increasing environmentallty sound energy security siwth solar energy and stable grid development. The expected outcome will be the promotion and use of solar energy and stable grid development in Asia and the Pacific.

The TA will comprise three components: (i) preparation, creation, and initial operation of the ASEF, (ii) organization of the second meeting of the ASEF in Tokyo, and (iii) identification and structuring of pilot projects for mainstreaming solar power generation.

Impact Inclusive and low carbon growth in Asia through increasing environmentally sound energy supply security by solar energy and stable grid development in the Asia Pacific region.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Promotion of solar energy and stable grid development in Asia and the Pacific
Progress Toward Outcome

Under the TA, ADB hosted the Second Meeting of the Asia Solar Energy Forum (ASEF) in December 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. The second meeting was a follow-up on the outcome of the first meeting of the ASEF held in July 2010 in Manila, Philippines, and with the key objective of establishing the ASEF as an independent, not-for-profit knowledge management platform.

During the Third Meeting of the ASEF held in May 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand, the Regional Task Force (RTF) was established as supplementary agency to ASEF to support the solar energy development mainly from the grid-side.

The Fourth Meeting of the ASEF held in April 2012 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, focused on the state of the solar energ market and new initiatives.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs 1. Knowledge platform 2. Second Solar Energy Forum 3. Identified and prepared potential projects
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Identification and preparation of potential projects are on-going.
Geographical Location
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 private sectors, among others, at the high level dialogue for climate change in December 2009 at Copenhagen and during the implementation of the Needs Assessment TA (RETA 7510)
During Project Implementation On-going consultation with stakeholders from governments and the private sector.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Individual International consultants (22 person months): Chief Executive Officer for ASEF (1 position) Operations and Administration Specialists (2 postions) Forum producer (1 position) Individual national consultants (15 person months) Logistics Coordinator (3 positions)
Responsible ADB Officer Naoki Sakai
Responsible ADB Department SDCC
Responsible ADB Division SDAS
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 10 Jun 2010
Fact Finding 11 Mar 2010 to 25 Mar 2010
MRM -
Approval 01 Oct 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 03 Sep 2010
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2012

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Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
01 Oct 2010 - 01 Oct 2010 31 Jan 2012 31 Dec 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 01 Oct 2010 1,326,987.07

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