46934-014: CENTRAL THAILAND SOLAR POWER PROJECT | Asian Development Bank


Nonsovereign (Private) Project | 46934-014 Status: Active

Project Details

Project Officer
Gulshan, Karan Raj Private Sector Operations Department Request for information
  • Thailand
  • Energy
Project Number 46934-014
Country Thailand
Location Amphoe Bang Len, Amphoe Song Phi Nong
Type or Modality of Assistance
2992 Loan Ordinary capital resources (Collaborative Cofinancing) THB 1,650.00 million Committed
8268 Loan Clean Technology Fund (Collaborative Cofinancing) USD 35.00 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 Gulshan, Karan Raj
Project Sponsor(s) Yanhee EGCO Holding
Objectives and Scope The project will diversify Thailand's energy mix by adding renewable energy capacity, thus helping the country progress toward its clean energy targets. To achieve sustainable long-term economic growth, Thailand is promoting alternative sources of energy such as solar for power generation, and is beginning its transition to a low-carbon economy. Solar energy is a clean and sustainable source of electricity that diversifies the country's energy mix, strengthening energy security and reducing reliance on fossil fuel.
Status of Operation/Construction The project sites Sai Phet 3, Sai Yai 1 and Sai Yai 2 declared Commercial Operations Date (COD) on 18 November 2013 while the project sites Sai Kyo, Sai Phet 1 and Sai Phet 2 declared COD on 16 December 2013. Project Completion Date was achieved on 06 June 2014.
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy ADB's country partnership strategy, 2007 2011 for Thailand has three core strategic areas: infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and capital markets. The government's Alternative Energy Development Plan, 2012 2021 notes the immense potential for solar power in Thailand and that energy imports can be avoided through its use with private investment. The project supports the government's long-term objective for the Thailand Clean Technology Fund Investment Plan to use ADB CTF resources to support renewable energy projects in the private sector.
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The potential environmental and social impacts of the project have been identified and effective measures to avoid, minimize, mitigate, and compensate for adverse impacts are incorporated in the initial environmental examination report. Solarco's institutional capacity and commitment to manage the project's social and environmental impacts are deemed adequate and described in the environmental management plan included in initial environmental examination reports. The project transmission lines are expected to have a short-term impact during construction and insignificant environmental impacts during the remaining life of the project.
Involuntary Resettlement The sites where the plants was constructed are already owned by Yanhee Power Holding, acquired on a willing-seller, willing-buyer basis.
Indigenous Peoples In compliance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), the project is classified as category B for environment, category C for involuntary resettlement, and category C for indigenous peoples. During construction, a maximum of 160 construction workers will be at each project site at any particular time. For gender classification, the project is categorized as having no gender element.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation Solarco will comply with ADB's Social Protection Strategy and report annually to ADB on their compliance with national labor laws and adherence to internationally recognized core labor standards. Several public hearings and information dissemination activities involved stakeholders to ensure public participation.
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 20 Aug 2012
Credit Committee Meeting 21 Jan 2013
Approval 28 Feb 2013
PDS Creation Date 31 Jan 2013
Last PDS Update 08 Feb 2018

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Title Document Type Document Date
Central Thailand Solar Power Project: Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Feb 2013

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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