Regional: Deploying Solar Systems at Scale

Sovereign Project | 52227-001

The knowledge and support technical assistance (KSTA) will deploy solar energy at scale via three pillars: (i) identification and development of solar project pipeline (which may include pilot testing); (ii) identification of financial instruments and assistance in mobilization of funding for solar investments; and (iii) knowledge management and capacity building. Solar is the world's largest available energy resource, much larger than all other resources combined: the solar radiation hitting the earth every hour is more than total global energy consumption. In the context of sustainable development and climate change, scaling up of solar energy investments is one of the best options with respect to distribution of the resource in countries which are energy poor in terms of conventional energy, as well as a broad spectrum of applications and scale and speed of deployment.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Acharya, Jiwan S.
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Energy
Project Name Deploying Solar Systems at Scale
Project Number 52227-001
Country / Economy Regional
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Maldives
Nepal
Sri Lanka
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9742-REG: Deploying Solar Systems at Scale
Clean Energy Fund under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility US$ 2.00 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
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Renewable energy generation - solar

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The knowledge and support technical assistance (KSTA) will deploy solar energy at scale via three pillars: (i) identification and development of solar project pipeline (which may include pilot testing); (ii) identification of financial instruments and assistance in mobilization of funding for solar investments; and (iii) knowledge management and capacity building. Solar is the world's largest available energy resource, much larger than all other resources combined: the solar radiation hitting the earth every hour is more than total global energy consumption. In the context of sustainable development and climate change, scaling up of solar energy investments is one of the best options with respect to distribution of the resource in countries which are energy poor in terms of conventional energy, as well as a broad spectrum of applications and scale and speed of deployment. This will also help implement the cooperation agreement between Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

The KSTA is estimated to cost $2,000,000, which will be financed on a grant basis by Clean Energy Fund of the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility (CEFPF). The government will provide counterpart support in the form of counterpart staff, office accommodation, and other in-kind contributions. The governments have been informed that approval of the TRTA facility does not commit ADB to finance any ensuing project.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The KSTA will support identification of solar energy projects, financial instruments and funding mechanisms, and related capacity building and policy advice initially for the South Asia Region and shared with other regions through Energy Sector Group in Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department of ADB. Potential projects will utilize solar energy for electricity generation, irrigation, mini-grids, and other applications which all require similar viability assessments covering technical, financial, economic, safeguards, governance, and procurement aspects. Capacity building and policy advice will be tailored to support the ensuing investments ('learning by doing_) and other activities covered by the cooperation agreement between ADB and ISA. This KSTA facility is not listed in the current County Operations Business Plans (COBP) for the countries.

Output 1: Solar project pipeline identified and developed. The KSTA will support identification and development of a pipeline of solar energy projects including electricity generation, irrigation, mini-grids, and other end-use applications (e.g., solar thermal for heating and cooling systems). High-level technologies will be considered when candidate technologies have been assessed. This output may include grid impact assessments to determine need for transmission capacity upgrades, substation augmentation, and other grid infrastructure upgrades; and similar assessments for other large-scale solar end-use investments. For selected projects which meet country readiness checklists or are at an advanced stage of preparation, the TRTA facility will support technical, economic, financial, procurement, governance, and environmental and social safeguards due diligence for consideration by ADB. Opportunities for gender mainstreaming will be incorporated into projects to the extent practical, especially those which include solar energy end-use applications.

Output 2: Financing instruments for solar deployment identified and scaled up. This output will explore options for innovative financing at scale including a common risk mitigation mechanism (CRMM), a global fund for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), and a corpus fund for ISA operations. Pursuant to a feasibility study for a CRMM completed in late 2017, World Bank is expected to approve an investment operation to mobilize the CRMM in 2019. ADB will identify entry points to the CRMM, and will evaluate options including direct equity investments, green bonds, and co-financing from specialized funds, other development partners and commercial sources for investment in the CRMM and a SDG7 fund.

Output 3: Knowledge management and capacity of ISA improved. ADB will support ISA country participation in knowledge sharing platforms such as the Asia Clean Energy Forum and similar events in the region and outside, with emphasis on learning-by-doing integrated with Outputs 1, 2, and 4. This output will also support strengthening capacity of the ISA Secretariat and include documenting of best practices for gender mainstreaming in solar energy deployment. Social media and websites will be the primary mode of knowledge sharing. Reports, best practice guidance, workshop proceedings, and other knowledge products will be published on a periodic basis on ADB's website and social media and through conferences such as the Asia Clean Energy Forum.

Output 4: Pilot testing of project approach identified and implemented. Pilot testing will be considered in cases where there is demand from a DMC, an identified counterpart agency, readily available technology or system(s) to be deployed on a prototype basis for up to 12 months maximum, and where a successful pilot is scaled up in an ensuing project.

Impact

Share of solar power in the energy mix improved

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Number of potential solar energy projects increased

Progress Toward Outcome An inception mission was undertaken for the TA in OctoberNovember 2019 to deliberate upon and identify outputs under the TA across the three pillars of support. The inception mission identified potential activities under each of the pillars of the TA encompassing:i. Support in implementation of existing programs of the ISA in the near term; ii. identification and support in development in new programs in the medium and long-term;iii. ADB missions to the six South Asian DMCs for project pipeline development;iv. Risk mitigation instruments in the region; and v. Support to the ISA Secretariat for day-to-day activities and ADB related activities through a senior national consultant as the lead coordinator for the TA.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Solar project pipeline identified and developed

Financing instruments for solar deployment identified and scaled up

Knowledge management and capacity of ISA improved

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The TA is supporting the ISA Secretariat, through the National Coordinator, in implementation of its programs, development of new programs, identification of project pipelines, and development of innovative financing instruments. The ADB and the ISA have planned to undertake capacity building workshops for different stakeholders such as the policy makers, the private sector, the local financial intermediaries etc. TA activities will resume as the COVID travel restrictions ease among the DMCs.
Geographical Location Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Bhutan - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Maldives - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide; Sri Lanka - Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Not applicable
Procurement Not applicable
Responsible ADB Officer Acharya, Jiwan S.
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 15 Mar 2019
Fact Finding 11 Apr 2019 to 12 Apr 2019
MRM -
Approval 06 Jun 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 14 Sep 2022

TA 9742-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Jun 2019 - 06 Jun 2019 31 Dec 2022 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 14 Sep 2022 565,867.86

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
National Coordinator (Communications Specialist) Individual - Consulting Closed 10 Aug 2022 16 Aug 2022
National Coordinator (Solar Energy Expert) Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Jul 2022 18 Jul 2022
National Coordinator (Solar Energy Expert) Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Jun 2022 10 Jun 2022
Capacity Building Specialist (Solar Irrigation) Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Apr 2022 06 May 2022
Capacity Building Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Apr 2022 29 Apr 2022
Energy Sector Development Expert (National Coordinator) Individual - Consulting Closed 18 Apr 2022 08 May 2022
Solar Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Mar 2022 07 Mar 2022
Financial Specialist (Clean Energy and Climate Finance) Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Mar 2022 07 Mar 2022
Technical Advisor Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Feb 2022 04 Mar 2022
Financial Specialist (Blended Finance) Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Feb 2022 04 Mar 2022
Capacity Building Specialist (Roadmap) Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Oct 2021 19 Oct 2021
Capacity Building Specialist (solar e-mobility and battery recycling) Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Mar 2021 01 Apr 2021
Solar Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Mar 2021 12 Mar 2021
Solar Technology Expert (Capacity Building) Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Feb 2020 03 Mar 2020
Solar Energy Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Feb 2020 03 Mar 2020
Natonal Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 18 Oct 2019 24 Oct 2019
Project Implentation Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Sep 2019 18 Sep 2019

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