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Regional: Promoting and Scaling Up Solar Photovoltaic Power through Knowledge Management and Pilot Testing in Bangladesh and Nepal

Sovereign (Public) Project | 49103-001 Status: Active

Based on the lessons learned from past programs in China and India, knowledge management is a key element in catalyzing the region's solar market growth potential. Operationally, the TA will promote development of solar power technologies in both off-grid and grid-connected areas of Bangladesh and Nepal by means of institutional and stakeholder capacity building, pilot-testing solar-pumping to increase agricultural production, developing women-led livelihood activities, as well as showcasing and sharing knowledge of good practices, solutions and lessons learned. Specifically the TA will have following scope:

Project Details

Project Officer
Zhou, Aiming South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Energy
 
Project Name Promoting and Scaling Up Solar Photovoltaic Power through Knowledge Management and Pilot Testing in Bangladesh and Nepal
Project Number 49103-001
Country Regional
Bangladesh
Nepal
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9267-REG: Promoting and Scaling Up Solar Photovoltaic Power through Knowledge Management and Pilot Testing in Bangladesh and Nepal
Danish Cooperation Fund for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Rural Areas US$ 350,000.00
Strategic Climate Fund US$ 214,000.00
Second Danish Cooperation Fund for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Rural Areas US$ 750,000.00
TA 9267-REG: Promoting and Scaling Up Solar Photovoltaic Power through Knowledge Management and Pilot Testing in Bangladesh and Nepal (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 200,000.00
TA 9267-REG: Promoting and Scaling Up Solar Photovoltaic Power through Knowledge Management and Pilot Testing in Bangladesh and Nepal
Strategic Climate Fund - SREP US$ 300,000.00
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

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

Education / Non-formal education

Energy / Energy efficiency and conservation - Energy sector development and institutional reform - Renewable energy generation - solar

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description

Based on the lessons learned from past programs in China and India, knowledge management is a key element in catalyzing the region's solar market growth potential. Operationally, the TA will promote development of solar power technologies in both off-grid and grid-connected areas of Bangladesh and Nepal by means of institutional and stakeholder capacity building, pilot-testing solar-pumping to increase agricultural production, developing women-led livelihood activities, as well as showcasing and sharing knowledge of good practices, solutions and lessons learned. Specifically the TA will have following scope:

Bangladesh component: The TA will be implemented in parallel to, and provide support and capacity development for beneficiaries of, the ongoing Loan 2769 BAN: Power System Efficiency Improvement Project, component Part B (iv) Solar Photovoltaic Pumping for Agricultural Irrigation. The subproject is composed by 1,500 off-grid SPV pumping systems for agriculture and aquaculture with a total capacity of 6.0 MWp to replace existing diesel-run irrigation, with a budget allocation of $20 million.

Nepal component: The TA will demonstrate the technical, regulatory, and financial viability of utility-scale solar systems (i.e., rooftop and ground-mounted) to promote the expansion of solar power generation in the country. Under the ongoing South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Power System Expansion Project, the government requested $20 million additional grant financing from the Strategic Climate Fund to support the installation of additional 25 MWp aggregate utility scale SPV power capacity.

Regional component: The TA will organize exchange of knowledge from Bangladesh and Nepal components, in the form of (i) knowledge-sharing between Bangladesh and Nepal through field visits; and (ii) knowledge sharing among DMCs in South Asia through regional workshops. The workshops will disseminate experiences among the countries' implementing agencies to exchange views on operational challenges, tariffs, regulatory issues, and how these were addressed. This will enable replication of off-grid systems in Nepal based on Bangladesh experiences including solar water pumping; on the other hand, Bangladesh can also learn how to structure ground-mounted SPV system connected to the grid including grid integration issues.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

South Asia is rich in solar energy, with the region having an average solar radiation between of 3.6 kilowatt-hours (kWh) to 6.2 kWh/square meters per day for about 300 days of sunshine per year. The estimated commercial potential of solar power generation for grid connection is in the range of 3.0 gigawatt (GW) in Bangladesh, and 2.1 GW in Nepal. Hence, solar energy is an ideal bridge for meeting the region's electricity demand growth, improving energy security and promoting sustainable clean energy development in the region.

The governments of Bangladesh and Nepal both requested ADB assistance for a technical assistance (TA) to promote off-grid and grid-connected solar power solutions to meet the demand growth in electricity.

Impact

1. Access of Bangladesh and Nepal to affordable, reliable, clean, and renewable energy sources and technologies increased by 2025.(a)

2. Innovative employment and livelihood opportunities for BPL women and HHWs in rural remote off-grid areas of Bangladesh increased by 2022.(b)

3. 92% of energy access in Nepal achieved by 2025.(c)

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Gender-responsive and regionally replicable SPV technologies as a clean power source in Bangladesh and Nepal
Progress Toward Outcome

A conference on "Inclusive Community Energy Resilience in Bangladesh" was held in Gazipur last April 2019. The conference was on community-based clean energy solutions, with a focus in gender equality and social inclusion.

An ABD-SREDA Stakeholder Workshop on Solar PV Pumping Roadmap was held in Dhaka last May 2019. The objective of this workshop was to conduct a public consultation by (i) sharing with participants the key findings of the consultants in developing the Roadmap; and (ii) seeking feedback from key stakeholders including private sector and development partners, such as KfW and GIZ, Germany, on these findings (policy issues, fuel subsidies, and challenges), including business models to be adopted for the scaling-up of the solar PV pumping program.

A Technical Study Tour on operations of Rooftop and Ground Mounted Solar on A Commercial Airport was held last August 2019. The group held meetings with SEDA and visited the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to learn the technical, managerial and safety aspects for solar installation in the airports.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Bangladesh: Solar-powered local infrastructure pilot-tested

Bangladesh: Gender mainstreaming in SPV-based initiatives pilot-tested

Bangladesh: BREB institutional capacity strengthened

Nepal: Capacity of NEA in utility-scale SPV power systems developed

Nepal: Solar power capacity increased

Regional knowledge exchange: Knowledge from Bangladesh and Nepal components shared regionally

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

Two sets of solar pumping systems have been successfully tested and commissioned, and handed over to the beneficiaries in January 2018 for Bangladesh. Additional training programs will be implemented to further strengthening the institutional capacity of BREB and NEA.

In Nepal, a request for proposal will be issued soon for development of 25 MW utility scale solar power system.

The Regional Training for Solar Photovoltaic Pumping for Sustainable Irrigation and Clean Water Supply was held last August 2018. The training aimed to educate on the benefits of solar PV pumping applicable in our developing member countries.

Geographical Location Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design N/A
During Project Implementation A stakeholder consultation workshop was held in Dhaka on 19 June 2017 where various solar irrigation business models, and regulatory framework including feed-in-tariff were shared and discussed.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Individual consultants, both international and national, will be recruited in lieu of a consulting firm, in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by ADB and its Borrowers 2013. Six consultants for the Bangladesh component and two consultants for the Nepal component, and a Project Coordinator have been recruited and have commenced services. Recruitment of the remaining experts are ongoing.
Procurement Goods will be procured using ADB's Procurement Guidelines 2015 . The TA proceeds will be disbursed in line with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2015, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Zhou, Aiming
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 10 Jun 2016
Fact Finding 14 Jul 2016 to 29 Jul 2016
MRM -
Approval 05 Dec 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 22 Aug 2019

TA 9267-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Dec 2016 - 05 Dec 2016 31 Dec 2018 31 Dec 2019 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
200,000.00 1,614,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,814,000.00 05 Dec 2016 1,422,006.26

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Energy Economist Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Aug 2019 08 Aug 2019
Financial Advisor Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Apr 2019 19 Apr 2019
Solar Photovoltaic Pumping Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 18 Oct 2018 24 Oct 2018
Pumping Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Sep 2018 04 Oct 2018
Solar Energy Policy Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Sep 2018 04 Oct 2018
Social Safeguards Specialist (Gender) Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Apr 2018 23 Apr 2018
Solar Energy Policy Advisor Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Oct 2017 11 Oct 2017

Contracts Awarded

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