48080-001: Second Solar Power Project | Asian Development Bank

Uzbekistan: Second Solar Power Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 48080-001 Status: Active

The proposed Second Solar Power Project (the project) aims to reinforce Uzbekistan's position as Central Asia's emerging solar hub by using modern technologies for large-scale on-grid photovoltaic (PV) plants, increasing access to reliable and clean electricity in rural areas, and preparing the solar sector for private sector investments. The project has three components: Component 1 (loan): construction of a 100 megawatt (MW) on-grid crystalline PV power plant in Sherabad, Surkhandarya province; Component 2 (grant): Piloting energy efficient (EE) technologies and on-grid rooftop solar PV systems for selected rural health clinics (RHCs); and Component 3: institutional capacity building for Uzbekenergo and other stakeholders.

Project Details

Project Officer
Tiangco, Cinderella C. Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Uzbekistan
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Energy
 
Project Name Second Solar Power Project
Project Number 48080-001
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9262-UZB: Second Solar Power Project
Clean Energy Fund under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The proposed Second Solar Power Project (the project) aims to reinforce Uzbekistan's position as Central Asia's emerging solar hub by using modern technologies for large-scale on-grid photovoltaic (PV) plants, increasing access to reliable and clean electricity in rural areas, and preparing the solar sector for private sector investments. The project has three components: Component 1 (loan): construction of a 100 megawatt (MW) on-grid crystalline PV power plant in Sherabad, Surkhandarya province; Component 2 (grant): Piloting energy efficient (EE) technologies and on-grid rooftop solar PV systems for selected rural health clinics (RHCs); and Component 3: institutional capacity building for Uzbekenergo and other stakeholders.

Uzbekistan has among the world''s highest energy and carbon intensities, given 89% of its 12.6 gigawatts (GW) installed capacity are old thermal plants (natural gas -76%, fuel oil -7%, and coal- 6%), of which 50% were built before 1982. Generation inefficiency is worsened by grid losses of 20% due to long distance transmission (not needed for solar). While Uzbekistan is almost 100% electrified, 16% of demand was unmet in 2008 and the growing demand-supply gap causes supply unreliability and dependence on diesel generators, especially in rural areas where 65% of the population lives. Provinces like Surkhandarya suffer frequent outages and only 2 3 hours of electricity in the winter. Surkhandarya is the first to be shed during low power supply, and is usually bypassed by power exports to Afghanistan. Insufficient and unreliable electricity has affected access to health services, education, and potable water and has restricted economic growth in the province. The solar plant will be its first generation capacity.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy To help address nationwide power shortages, the government''s Welfare Improvement Strategy II mandated energy efficiency and faster growth of renewable energy, especially solar. Presidential Decree 4512 sought adoption of the Renewable Energy Sources Law, and creation of the International Solar Energy Institute (ISEI) and high-tech solar manufacturing industries. With the November 2015 Cabinet of Ministers Resolution 343 breaking barriers and enabling renewable energy generators to export surplus power to the grid, the viability of rooftop PV may be increased and assessed through introduction of different types of business models including public-private partnership (PPP) and full private sector participation in any or all phases of renewable energy project development. Developed with ADB assistance, Uzbekistan''s solar energy development roadmap envisions 3 GW of solar installed capacity by 2030, producing 6% of total power generation, and needing $7 billion in investments that public funds cannot fully provide. The ADB helped create the now thriving ISEI, through a capacity development technical assistance. An ensuing policy and advisory TA (PATA) formulated the solar roadmap, developed the country's first Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action submitted to the United Nations, and conducted six feasibility studies. Both technical assistance projects were rated highly successful. The Sherabad project, prioritized under Presidential Decree 4707, is the second after the 100 MW Samarkand Project now poised for award of the design-build-operate contract. A roadmap priority, the project will build on ADB''s assistance, install modern infrastructure, and develop key expertise and mechanisms to prepare the 97% state-owned energy sector for private sector participation. The power plant site is a 400-hectare government-owned non-agricultural land, 10 km from Sherabad city. An 8-kilometer (km) transmission system and a 2-km access road need to be constructed. RHCs provide primary medical care through standardized medical equipment and are classified according to rural population served. Uzbekistan's 2,995 RHCs are all connected to the grid but are operating inefficiently with unreliable and insufficient power and heat supply (for space and water heating). While PV is a mature technology, projects piloting PV systems including in RHCs in Uzbekistan have not been successful due to many shortcomings, such as: (i) lack of operation and maintenance (O&M) plans and corresponding service companies, (ii) underestimated demand load and insufficient capacities, (iii) lack of monitoring, and (iv) inefficient building design and equipment. The project, through the grant component of investment (GCI) funded by the Clean Energy Fund under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility, will address these flaws through (i) best practice assessment, design and engineering, (ii) technical training for service companies and potential independent power producers (IPP), (iii) piloting business and contract models for power purchase agreements, O&M services and PPP arrangements, and (iv) energy efficiency measures, such as insulation, efficient windows, heating equipment and appliances. Pilots will be installed on up to 52 RHCs (spread across the 13 regions), starting with the 16 RHCs prioritized out of the 401 RHCs already assessed for rooftop PV. The government seeks to replicate to all RHCs through innovative financing for government RE generators and IPPs, including with ADB participation. Expected to generate 177 GW-hour of clean electricity annually, the project will avoid 105,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year. The project is aligned with ADB''s Strategy 2020 and with key pillars of the Energy Policy 2009. The project directly supports Uzbekistan clean energy and energy security targets as prioritized under the ADB Uzbekistan Country Partnership Strategy for 2012 - 2016.
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 Nation-wide, Sherobod Shahri
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Stakeholders' consultations through community meetings, discussions and interviews will be conducted to share information about the proposed project and to get views from stakeholders on their expectations.
During Project Implementation Consultation and Participation plan to be prepared during PPTA
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The PPTA will engage a consulting firm using the quality- and cost-based selection method (quality: cost weighting of 90:10) full technical proposals modality, following ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). There are 9 international positions with 22 person-months input, and 7 national experts with 25 person-months inputs.
Responsible ADB Officer Tiangco, Cinderella C.
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Health
Mr. Asamitdin Kamilov, Deputy Minister
12 Navoi Street Tashkent, Uzbekistan
UzbekEnergo
Mr. Fazlitdin Salomov, Chairman of the Board, Uzbekenergo
6 Istiklol Street Tashkent, 100000, Uzbekistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 05 Dec 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Sep 2017

TA 9262-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Dec 2016 30 Dec 2016 30 Dec 2016 30 Jun 2018 31 Jul 2018 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 05 Dec 2016 153,443.00

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Tenders

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Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Project Preparatory Technical Assistance 9262 27 Feb 2017 OST Energy Ltd. (United Kingdom) Tower Point, 44 North Road Bn11Yr Brighton, United Kingdom UzbekEnergo 990979

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