Tuvalu : Increasing Access to Renewable Energy Project - Second Additional Financing

Sovereign Project | 49450-042

The proposed Second Additional Financing project will build on the outer islands component of the Increasing Access to Renewable Energy Project (IAREP) and replicate the productive uses of energy (PUE) and sustainable blue economy (SBE) elements introduced in the first additional financing of IAREP. The proposed project will install battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the outer islands of Nukufetau, Nukulaelae and Nui to enable the full utilization of the solar photovoltaic array being installed under the ongoing IAREP. The new lithium-ion BESS will replace lead-acid batteries installed in the last ten years. The project will also install PUEs and SBEs relevant to each island and could include electric vehicles (bikes, motorbikes, boats) and charging stations, ICT equipment for connectivity and disaster preparedness, ice-making and water supply facilities.

Project Details

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Project Name
Increasing Access to Renewable Energy Project - Second Additional Financing
Project Number
49450-042
Country / Economy
  • Tuvalu
Project Status
Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Increasing Access to Renewable Energy Project - Second Additional Financing
Source Amount
Asian Development Fund US$ 7.00 million
Global Environment Facility US$ 1.84 million
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector
  • Energy / Renewable energy generation - solar

Gender
Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
The proposed Second Additional Financing project will build on the outer islands component of the Increasing Access to Renewable Energy Project (IAREP) and replicate the productive uses of energy (PUE) and sustainable blue economy (SBE) elements introduced in the first additional financing of IAREP. The proposed project will install battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the outer islands of Nukufetau, Nukulaelae and Nui to enable the full utilization of the solar photovoltaic array being installed under the ongoing IAREP. The new lithium-ion BESS will replace lead-acid batteries installed in the last ten years. The project will also install PUEs and SBEs relevant to each island and could include electric vehicles (bikes, motorbikes, boats) and charging stations, ICT equipment for connectivity and disaster preparedness, ice-making and water supply facilities.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Tuvalu's 2009 National Energy Policy aims to promote renewable energy resources and energy systems that are cost-effective, equitable, reliable, accessible, affordable, secure, and environmentally sustainable to improve the well-being of the people of Tuvalu. In 2013, the government launched the Enetise Tutumauthe Master Plan for Renewable Electricity and Energy Efficiency in Tuvalu, which aims for generation of 100% renewable energy by 2020 (subsequently extended to 2025) and 30% increased energy efficiency. Like many other small Pacific islands, Tuvalu's electricity production relies heavily on imported diesel fuel, which is transported by sea over long distances and subject to climate and price shocks.

The second additional financing is designed to support innovative climate-adapted solutions supporting (i) a climate-resilient and sustainable energy supply system, (ii) improved resilience of vulnerable communities through SBE approaches, and (iii) improved disaster preparedness, with particular focus on the outer islands.

Impact

Utilization of renewable energy increased and GHG emissions in the power sector in Tuvalu reduced (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, 2015)

Outcome

Generation and utilization of reliable, resilient, and climate-adapted renewable energy in Tuvalu increased.

Outputs

Climate-resilient battery energy storage systems installed on three outer islands

Productive uses of energy and sustainable blue economy infrastructure installed on three outer islands

Institutional strengthening implemented

Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Environment
B
Involuntary Resettlement
C
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

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Tiangco, Cinderella C.
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Energy Sector Office (SG-ENE)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance (formerly Ministry of Finance and Economic Development)

Timetable

Concept Clearance
-
Fact Finding
01 Feb 2024 to 13 Feb 2024
MRM
-
Approval
-
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
16 Apr 2024

Funding

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