Solomon Islands: Solar Power Development Project

Sovereign Project | 48346-002

The Asian Development Bank is working with the Government of Solomon Islands and Solomon Power to convert electricity networks in five provinces almost entirely to solar power. The project will reduce the need for costly shipments of diesel to the provincial centers.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Elbling, Elmar
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Solomon Islands
  • Sector
    • Energy
Project Name Solar Power Development Project
Project Number 48346-002
Country / Economy Solomon Islands
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0514-SOL: Solar Power Development Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 2.24 million
Grant 0515-SOL: Solar Power Development Project
Strategic Climate Fund US$ 6.20 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Renewable energy generation - solar

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Utilization of renewable energy increased as stated under National Development Strategy, 2016-2025.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

An increased supply of reliable and cleaner electricity.

Progress Toward Outcome A contract for design, supply, installation and operation of five grid-connected solar power plants had been awarded in October 2018. The project had experienced delays due to delayed procurement, weather-related delays in the delivery of equipment to the project sites and COVID-19 related travel restrictions that prevented engineers from entering the country. The solar power plants in Munda, Tulagi, Kirakira and Malu'u are 90-95% complete and ready for commissioning and testing while the plant in Lata is 60% complete.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Five grid-connected solar power plants put into operation

Capacity building program undertaken

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Output 1: Five grid-connected solar power plants put into operation.

COVID-19 related travel restrictions delayed the completion and commissioning of the solar power plants, as the construction team was not able to return to Solomon Islands. The plants in Munda and Tulagi are 90% completed while the projects in Kirakira and Malu'u are 95% completed. The project in Lata is 60% completed._

Output 2: Capacity building program undertaken.

The capacity-building program for solar operators has been partially completed. Procurement, financial management and gender-awareness trainings have been undertaken. The solar operators will receive additional on-the-job training during commissioning of the projects.

Geographical Location Kirakira, Lata, Maluu, Munda, Tulaghi
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project is considered to create impacts which can be mitigated adequately through implementation of the environmental management plan which includes measures to avoid and/or minimize environmental impacts from civil works and related construction activities.
Involuntary Resettlement There was no physical relocation or loss of income during the implementation of the project. Impacts are not significant as defined under the SPS. The total land required by the project for the solar facilities is 6.7ha of government-owned land. No acquisition of customary land was required. There are no long-term impacts from the project as the construction and operation activities do not restrict the community members near the solar farms from accessing and using nearby resources. However, there were adverse impacts from the loss of trees or crops on the proposed sites.
Indigenous Peoples The entire population of Solomon Islands is considered indigenous, and the affected people are not considered especially vulnerable.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Regular public consultations were carried out with key stakeholders (e.g., member government officials, nongovernment organizations, development partners, and regional agencies) to discuss and update the progress of the project.
During Project Implementation Regular public consultations are carried out with key stakeholders (e.g., member government officials, nongovernment organizations, development partners, and regional agencies) to discuss and update the progress of the project.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A consulting firm had been engaged for support during design finalization, tendering, and project supervision, using the quality- and cost-based selection method with a quality-cost ratio of 90:10. Two consultants were hired through individual consultant selection to provide up-front procurement support and site supervision support. All consultants will be recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.
Procurement The Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE) is the executing agency for the project. Solomon Power is the implementing agency; a PMU has been established within Solomon Power. Solomon Power provides personnel for the PMU._The PMU has been responsible for the procurement of all civil works and goods, which will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines. Solomon Islands had requested that ADB select the design and supervision consultants on its behalf.
Responsible ADB Officer Elbling, Elmar
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification
Timetable
Concept Clearance 07 Nov 2014
Fact Finding 07 Mar 2016 to 18 Mar 2016
MRM 17 May 2016
Approval 21 Nov 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 01 Sep 2022

Grant 0514-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Nov 2016 19 Jan 2017 05 Apr 2017 30 Jun 2021 31 Dec 2022 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 9.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 2.24 25 Oct 2022 1.31 0.00 77%
Counterpart 6.76 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 25 Oct 2022 1.09 0.00 64%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

Grant 0515-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Nov 2016 19 Jan 2017 05 Apr 2017 30 Jun 2021 31 Dec 2022 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 6.20 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 25 Oct 2022 0.00 5.97 96%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 6.20 25 Oct 2022 0.00 5.04 81%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

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Title Document Type Document Date
Solar Power Development Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2021) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2022
Solar Power Development Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2020) Audited Project Financial Statements May 2021
Solar Power Development Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (For Year End 31 December 2019) Audited Project Financial Statements May 2020
Solar Power Development Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (For Year End 31 December 2018) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2019
Solar Power Development Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (For Year Ended 31 December 2017) Audited Project Financial Statements Feb 2019
Project Agreement for Grants 0514 and 0515-SOL: Solar Power Development Project Project/Program Agreements Feb 2017
Grant Agreement (Strategic Climate Fund) for Grant 0515-SOL: Solar Power Development Project Grant Agreement Jan 2017
Grant Agreement (Special Operations) for Grant 0514-SOL: Solar Power Development Project Grant Agreement Jan 2017
Solar Power Development Project: Project Administration Manual Project/Program Administration Manual Nov 2016
Solar Power Development Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Oct 2016
Solar Power Development Project: Gender Action Plan Gender Action Plans Oct 2016
Solar Power Development Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Sep 2016

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.


Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.


Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Gender and Community Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Aug 2020 23 Aug 2020
Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Aug 2020 17 Aug 2020
Grant 0514-0515-SOL: Solar Power Development Project [W01] Invitation for Bids Closed 18 Aug 2017 18 Oct 2017

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found


Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Solar Power Development Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Sep 2016