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 Name||Needs Assessment and Development of the Solar Energy Program|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|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.|
|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.|
|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.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|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.|
|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||Sakai, Naoki|
|Responsible ADB Department||Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||GAFSP|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||16 Dec 2009|
|Fact Finding||11 Mar 2009 to 25 Mar 2009|
|Approval||17 Mar 2010|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||30 Apr 2010|
|Last PDS Update||28 Sep 2012|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|17 Mar 2010||-||17 Mar 2010||31 Mar 2011||31 Mar 2012||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||1,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,000,000.00||17 Mar 2010||765,571.66|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Needs Assessment and Development of the Solar Energy Program||TA Completion Reports||Oct 2013|
|Needs Assessment and Development of the Solar Energy Program||Technical Assistance Reports||Mar 2010|
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