Cook Islands: Renewable Energy Project

Sovereign Project | 46453-001

Summary

The proposed project will assist the government's efforts to reduce the country's heavy reliance on imported fossil fuels for power generation. By providing a secure, sustainable and environmentally-sound source of electricity for private and commercial consumers, it will implement a package of solar photovoltaic power connected to the existing power distribution networks and a package of solar photovoltaic power off-grid totaling about 6 MWp of capacity

The impact of the project will be reduction of the Cook Islands' dependence on imported diesel for power generation. The outcome will be that customers within the project area have access to a higher share of electricity generated by solar power. The outputs will include (i) The Office of the Energy Commissioner implements 6 MW of solar power capacity in the project area; (ii) Operation and maintenance knowledge transfer program and (iii) Efficient project management services.

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Title Document Date
Renewable Energy Project Mar 2014
Renewable Energy Project Mar 2014

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Project Name Renewable Energy Project
Project Number 46453-001
Country Cook Islands
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8439-COO: Renewable Energy Project
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Energy efficiency and conservation

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The proposed project will assist the government's efforts to reduce the country's heavy reliance on imported fossil fuels for power generation. By providing a secure, sustainable and environmentally-sound source of electricity for private and commercial consumers, it will implement a package of solar photovoltaic power connected to the existing power distribution networks and a package of solar photovoltaic power off-grid totaling about 6 MWp of capacity

The impact of the project will be reduction of the Cook Islands' dependence on imported diesel for power generation. The outcome will be that customers within the project area have access to a higher share of electricity generated by solar power. The outputs will include (i) The Office of the Energy Commissioner implements 6 MW of solar power capacity in the project area; (ii) Operation and maintenance knowledge transfer program and (iii) Efficient project management services.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Diesel is mainly consumed for generation of electricity, gasoline for land transportation, and kerosene for aviation and home consumption. In 2011, around 12.7 million liters of diesel (7.2 million liters used for generation of electricity), 4.2 million liters of petrol, and 9.7 million liters of kerosene were imported into the country. The total fuel import bill of the Cook Islands in 2011 was $58 million or about 28% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) of $210 million. Diesel-powered generators constitute about 99% of the total electricity generating capacity. Energy costs are currently among the highest in the Pacific, therefore replacement of conventional power generation sources is needed to reduce costs to businesses to allow them to operate within an internationally competitive and cost-sensitive environment.

The total installed, power generation and distribution assets in the Cook Islands is 11.75 MW capacity (99% diesel, and 1% renewable) with a power distribution network comprising 80 kilometers (km) of 11kV underground cables and 200 km of 0.415 kV low voltage distribution lines. The whole power system generated 33.846 gigawatt hour (GWh) of electricity in 2011. In the major islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki nearly 99% of all households are grid connected, 8% had additional solar photovoltaic home systems (SHS), and 3% used small diesel generators as well. In the outer islands, about 60% of households are grid connected, and 43% have a SHS

Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
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 TA will require 16 person-months of international and 5 person months of national consulting inputs. ADB will hire a consulting firm in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by ADB and its Borrowers (2013). In accordance with its paragraph 2.31 evaluation of the consulting entity qualifications will take into account possibility of downstream assignment (implementation of the investment project). Goods will be procured as per ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013). The consulting firm will be engaged through fixed budget selection (FBS) method, due to the specific technological complexity of the project using simplified technical proposal. The proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in line with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (April 2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Paul Hattle
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance & Economic ManagementPO box 120
Cook Islands
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 04 Sep 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 12 Nov 2013

TA 8439-COO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
04 Sep 2013 11 Sep 2013 11 Sep 2013 30 Apr 2014 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 04 Sep 2013 495,000.00
Title Document Type Document Date
Renewable Energy Project Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Mar 2014
Renewable Energy Project Technical Assistance Reports Mar 2014

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