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India: Dahanu Solar Power Project

Nonsovereign (Private) Project | 45915-014 Status: Active

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.

Project Details

Project Officer
Kondo, Shinya Private Sector Operations Department Request for information
Country
  • India
Sector
  • Energy
 
Project Name Dahanu Solar Power Project
Project Number 45915-014
Borrower/Company DHURSAR SOLAR POWER PRIVATE LIMITED
Country India
Location
Type or Modality of Assistance
2798 Loan Ordinary capital resources USD 42.43 million Committed
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Private sector development
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 Kondo, Shinya
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.
Status of Development Objectives The Project has been successfully commissioned in March 2012.
Status of Operation/Construction

The Project has been operating satisfactorily since its commissioning. Experienced O&M team is deployed to look after the operation and maintenance of the Project.

During FY2016 (as of Nov 2017 reporting), the plant continues to demonstrate satisfactory operational results. Operations results for current fiscal year (FY2017: Apr-Oct 2017) were also stable.

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.

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
Credit Committee Meeting 03 Oct 2011
Approval 02 Nov 2011
PDS Creation Date 03 Oct 2011
Last PDS Update 06 Mar 2018

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Title Document Type Document Date
Dahanu Solar Power Project: Extended Annual Review Report Extended Annual Review Reports Sep 2015
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 See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

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

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

Title Document Type Document Date
India: Dahanu Solar Power Project Project Performance Evaluation Reports Nov 2016

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