49450-012: Renewable Energy Project | Asian Development Bank

Tonga: Renewable Energy Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 49450-012 Status: Approved

This proposed Tonga Renewable Energy Project (TREP) is the second project to be submitted under the Pacific Islands Renewable Energy Investment Program (PIREIP, FP036). PIREIP will help seven Pacific island countries transition to a renewable energy future. PIREIP's objective is to transform energy use and electricity production sectors across the Pacific to low carbon, climate resilient pathways. PIREIP's outcome will be expanded access to clean, resilient and affordable energy.

 
Project Name Renewable Energy Project
Project Number 49450-012
Country Tonga
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0640-TON: Renewable Energy Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 12.20 million
Grant 0641-TON: Renewable Energy Project
Green Climate Fund US$ 29.90 million
Grant 0642-TON: Renewable Energy Project
Government of Australia US$ 2.50 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Electricity transmission and distribution - Renewable energy generation - solar

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description This proposed Tonga Renewable Energy Project (TREP) is the second project to be submitted under the Pacific Islands Renewable Energy Investment Program (PIREIP, FP036). PIREIP will help seven Pacific island countries transition to a renewable energy future. PIREIP's objective is to transform energy use and electricity production sectors across the Pacific to low carbon, climate resilient pathways. PIREIP's outcome will be expanded access to clean, resilient and affordable energy.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy TREP will make a major contribution to Tonga's NDC target of generating 50% of electricity from renewables by 2020 and help Tonga builds momentum to reach 70% by 2030. TREP-financed generation technologies in the outer islands will directly generate about 3% of additional clean electricity. BESS to be installed under TREP will allow an increase in renewable energy generation by about 7.8 MW (4 MW solar PV and 3.8 MW wind power to be funded by the private sector), which will enable Tonga to increase their renewable energy penetration by 24% without negatively affecting the grid.
Impact Reduced Tonga's dependency on imported fossil fuel for power generation
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Expanded access to clean, resilient and affordable energy for the population in Tonga at a lower cost
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Battery Energy storage system (BESS) facilities on Tongatapu installed

Grid-connected renewable energy generation on 'Eua and Vava'u installed

Renewable-based hybrid systems and mini-grids on outer-Islands installed

Strengthening of capacity building installed

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Lee, Woo Yul
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PAEN
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance and National Planning
Vuna Road
Nuku'alofa
Kingdom of Tonga
Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change, and Communications (MEIDECC)
OG Sanft Building Corner of Taufa'ahau
Road and Wellington Road, Nuku'alofa,
Tonga
Tonga Power Limited
P.O. Box 429, Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 30 Jul 2018 to 03 Aug 2018
MRM 22 Jan 2019
Approval 11 Mar 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 14 Mar 2019

Grant 0640-TON

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Mar 2019 - - 30 Apr 2023 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 17.80 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 12.20 11 Mar 2019 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 5.60 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 11 Mar 2019 0.00 0.00 0%

Grant 0641-TON

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Mar 2019 - - 30 Apr 2023 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 29.90 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 11 Mar 2019 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 29.90 11 Mar 2019 0.00 0.00 0%

Grant 0642-TON

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Mar 2019 - - 30 Apr 2023 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 5.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 11 Mar 2019 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 3.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 2.50 11 Mar 2019 0.00 0.00 0%

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Title Document Type Document Date
Renewable Energy Project: Gender Action Plan Gender Action Plans May 2018
Renewable Energy Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Mar 2018

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Loan No. 49450-TON: Renewable Energy Project [TREP-02] Invitation for Bids Active 11 Feb 2019 26 Mar 2019
Construction Supervision and Capacity Building Consultant Firm - Consulting Closed 29 Sep 2018 28 Oct 2018
49450-012-TON: Tonga Renewable Energy Project [TREP-01] Invitation for Bids Closed 14 Sep 2018 27 Nov 2018

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

None currently available.