The project involves the construction, commissioning and operation of a 100 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar generation facility located at the Quad-e-Azam Solar Park (QSP) in Bahawalpur, Punjab province, Pakistan
|Project Name||Zorlu Solar Power Project|
|Type or Modality of Assistance|
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Partnerships
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy / Renewable energy generation - solar
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Responsible ADB Department||Private Sector Operations Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Infrastructure Finance Division 1|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Hashimi, Mohammed Azim|
|Description||The project involves the construction, commissioning and operation of a 100 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar generation facility located at the Quad-e-Azam Solar Park (QSP) in Bahawalpur, Punjab province, Pakistan|
|Objectives and Scope||By providing much needed power to a country facing a severe power shortage, which is adversely affecting economic growth, the project has direct and indirect benefits by incrementally increasing access to energy for households, businesses, and industry. It will alleviate poverty through skilled and unskilled job creation and other associated economic activities. The project will also help realize GoP's target of 6% renewable energy in the country's energy mix by 2030, as stated in the Medium Term Development Framework. By using wind energy, the project will diversify the country's fuel mix away from its current heavy dependence on (imported and price volatile) fossil fuels. It will also help the country to attain a diverse fuel mix using indigenous and renewable sources of power, which is needed to develop a balanced and robust power supply system with hedged power generation prices in the medium and long term.|
|Status of Operation/Construction||The project is under construction (the sponsor is putting in equity to fund the construction)|
|Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||ADB's assistance to the project will promote private sector participation in Pakistan's renewable energy sector specifically solar where the prices per kwh have shown a significant downward trend. The project will be developed under the Renewable Power Policy 2006 and will apply for the tariff from NEPRA. Successful implementation of the project will foster confidence amongst potential investors and lenders (noting that most commercial banks are still shy of long-term lending in Pakistan) and promote further private sector investment in the country's renewable energy sector. The project will also provide positive socio-economic development by offering skilled and un-skilled employment opportunities to people within the local community during construction.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The project is classified as environment category B in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). The potential environmental impacts of the project are mainly site-specific, reversible, and could be addressed through the implementation of readily designed mitigation measures and good international industry practices. Key concerns relate to construction and operation phase occupational health and safety hazards, use of ground water for panel cleaning and management of damaged solar modules during operation phase.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||The solar project development will not entail any physical or economic displacement as the project will be located in a 500 acres of land within a solar park and land was leased by the Government of Punjab to the proponent. No settlement or any structure exist at the site.|
|Indigenous Peoples||There are no IPs/IP communities or ancestral land that will be affected by the project.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation||Several consultations were conducted with different project stakeholders and this will be done continuously to ensure that nearby communities and concerned agencies and organizations are informed of the progress of the project and that issues related to the project are immediately discussed and resolved.|
|Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation|
|Concept Clearance||05 Apr 2017|
|Credit Committee Meeting||20 Oct 2017|
|Last PDS Update||26 Mar 2018|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Zorlu Solar Power Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Oct 2017|
Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Zorlu Solar Power Project: Initial Environmental Examination||Initial Environmental Examination||Nov 2017|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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