India: Dahanu Solar Power Project

Nonsovereign Project | 45915-014

Summary

The Project involves the construction and operation of a 40MW solar photo-voltaic (PV) power plant near Dhursar village in Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan (India) using cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film solar photo-voltaic (PV) modules.

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Project Name Dahanu Solar Power Project
Project Number 45915-014
Borrower/Company DAHANU SOLAR POWER PRIVATE LIMITED
Country India
Location Dhursar, Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan, India
Approval Number 7340/2798
Type or Modality of Assistance
7340/2798 Loan USD 48.00 million Approved
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Energy - Renewable energy generation - solar
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Division Portfolio Management Division, PSOD
Responsible ADB Officer Shinya Kondo
Project Sponsor(s) Reliance Power Limited
Description The Project involves the construction and operation of a 40MW solar photo-voltaic (PV) power plant near Dhursar village in Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan (India) using cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film solar photo-voltaic (PV) modules.
Objectives and Scope The Project addresses to promote sustainable economic growth by increasing the supply of clean energy to reduce the energy deficit in India. The development impact of the Project also includes environmental benefits through more efficient use of indigenous renewable energy resources with almost no emission of pollutants or greenhouse gases. In addition, the building of the project helps prove the feasibility of utility scale solar power projects in India and the operational performance in a location (Rajasthan) where substantial development in the solar power sector is planned for the next 5 years.
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Project supports two of the five core operational areas of Strategy 2020, namely infrastructure and environment. The Project is aligned with the India Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) 2009-2012. One of the four strategy pillars of the CPS is the support for inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth, through the continued focus on infrastructure development and the enhanced focus on renewable energy.

Under ADB's Energy Policy, ADB's investments will focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, as well as expansion of energy access. The Policy states that support for renewable energy projects will be prioritized and broadened with an objective to create a framework that makes investing in renewable energy commercially viable. The Policy envisages that in the process of facilitating direct private sector investments in renewable energy, ADB will assume greater but thoroughly assessed risks and act as a catalyst for investments that the private sector might not otherwise be willing to make

The Project is also directly aligned with ADB's Asia Solar Energy Initiative (ASEI) which aims to (i) facilitate knowledge sharing and transfer for solar power; (ii) help develop, finance and commission 3,000 MW of solar power generation capacity in DMCs by May 2013; and (iii) pilot test innovative financing mechanisms and risk mitigation measures specifically for solar power.

Status of Development Objectives The Project has been successfully commissioned in March 2012.
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Environmental impact from the Project such as dust and noise from transportation of materials and labor camps are limited to the construction period. Impacts during operations are expected to be minor.
Involuntary Resettlement The Project is constructed on vacant and barren public land.
Indigenous Peoples There is no impact from the Project on any Indigenous Peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation DSPPL organized a public consultation meeting in May 2011 where social and environmental issues were discussed. DSPPL will continue this proactive engagement with various stakeholders including the local community, its employees and other workers during project construction and operations.
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 22 Aug 2011
Due Diligence 27 Aug 2011
Credit Committee Meeting 03 Oct 2011
Approval 02 Nov 2011
PDS Creation Date 03 Oct 2011
Last PDS Update 26 Sep 2014
Title Document Type Document Date
Dahanu Solar Power Project: Project Data Sheet (हिन्दी) Translated PDS Apr 2015
Dahanu Solar Power Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Oct 2011
Dahanu Solar Power Project Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Sep 2011

Safeguard Documents

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Title Document Type Document Date
Dahanu Solar Power Project (Final) Environment and Social Impact Assessments Oct 2011
Dahanu Solar Power Project: Resettlement Framework (Draft) Resettlement Frameworks Sep 2011
Dahanu Solar Power Project Social Compliance Audit Report Sep 2011
Dahanu Solar Power Project: Draft Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Environment and Social Impact Assessments Sep 2011

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