Uzbekistan: Design and Strengthening of the Solar Energy Institute

Sovereign Project | 45120-002

Summary

The Government of Uzbekistan expressed its commitment to advance solar energy by establishing a Solar Energy Institute (SEI) with qualified experts to promote, develop and transfer modern solar technology. Through the SEI, the Government aims to become the regional knowledge hub on solar applications. The structure of the SEI will be developed and designed through this S-CDTA and will be linked with the Scientific-Production Association on Solar Physics which oversees a number of research institutes using the solar furnace. The SEI is expected to be the single focal point of solar technology where all solar-related resources will be consolidated to promote solar energy development in the region. Solar energy expertise within SEI will be further enhanced through a separately proposed policy and advisory technical assistance (PATA). Its specific key functions will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

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Project Name Design and Strengthening of the Solar Energy Institute
Project Number 45120-002
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Energy - Energy sector development and institutional reform
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The Government of Uzbekistan expressed its commitment to advance solar energy by establishing a Solar Energy Institute (SEI) with qualified experts to promote, develop and transfer modern solar technology. Through the SEI, the Government aims to become the regional knowledge hub on solar applications. The structure of the SEI will be developed and designed through this S-CDTA and will be linked with the Scientific-Production Association on Solar Physics which oversees a number of research institutes using the solar furnace. The SEI is expected to be the single focal point of solar technology where all solar-related resources will be consolidated to promote solar energy development in the region. Solar energy expertise within SEI will be further enhanced through a separately proposed policy and advisory technical assistance (PATA). Its specific key functions will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

(i) Generate and act as repository of basic and applied knowledge on processes and technologies related to the use of solar radiation;

(ii) Promote solar technology transfer and development;

(iii) Promote commercialization of developed solar technologies;

(iv) Deliver solar energy training programs to nurture a skilled workforce;

(v) Promote industrial relationship and international collaborations in solar energy;

(vi) Provide consultation in the area of concentrated solar thermal and photovoltaic (PV) energy engineering;

(vii) Promote public awareness about the need for and advantages of solar technologies;

(viii) Study and provide advice on laws and regulations related to solar energy project development;

(ix) Provide linkages among research centers, industries and funding sources in developing and demonstrating solar energy technologies and projects; and

(x) Support the design, development and installation of pilot and commercial projects under the proposed PATA.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Government requested ADB assistance in designing the SEI and developing the capacity of the solar energy experts in December 2010. A consultation mission was fielded in March 2011 where the Government and the Mission signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the scope, implementation arrangements, cost, financing arrangements, and the consultant's terms of reference of the small-scale capacity development technical assistance (S-CDTA). The content of the S-CDTA was reconfirmed during the fact-finding mission fielded in May 2011.
Impact Established local solar industry.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Established SEI as a regional knowledge hub for solar technology.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Developed SEI design with cost estimates and financing plans.

Developed capacity of the solar energy experts.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Recruitment of the two individual Solar Energy Research Experts (1 international; 1 national) has been initiated in preparation for the forthcoming Inception Mission which is tentatively scheduled to be fielded during 5-9 September 2011. The Inception Mission will try to (i) reach an agreement with the Government on design of the SEI and contribute to the future of the Solar Energy in Uzbekistan; (ii) hold a training workshop in Tashkent to introduce modern solar technologies, and (iii) discuss research agenda of the proposed Solar Energy Institute.
Geographical Location Tashkent
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 S-CDTA requires one international individual consultant (2.5 person-months) and one national individual consultant (2.5 person-months) with specific expertise in solar energy research. Individual consultants are recruited since (i) the assignment requires only two positions, (ii) home office support is not required, (iii) assignment is short, and (iv)individual experience and qualifications are the main requirements. The individual consultants are recruited by ADB in accordance with ADB procedures for recruitment of individual consultants.
Procurement All equipment purchased under the S-CDTA and brought into Uzbekistan will be exempted from all forms of taxes and duties. All equipment will be procured by the consultants in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time), and will be handed over to the implementing agency upon delivery.
Responsible ADB Officer Cinderella Tiangco
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of FinanceNilafur Nurkuzieva, Deputy Head5 Mustaqiliik Square Tashkent 100008 Republic of Uzbekistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 15 Aug 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 24 Aug 2011

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Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Aug 2011 - 15 Aug 2011 30 Nov 2011 30 Nov 2012 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 15 Aug 2011 185,795.27
Title Document Type Document Date
Design and Strengthening of the Solar Energy Institute TA Completion Reports Oct 2013

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