Afghanistan: Kandahar Solar Power Project

Nonsovereign Project | 52229-001

The proposed project will include development, construction, commissioning and operation of a 15.1 MW solar power plant in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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Project Name Kandahar Solar Power Project
Project Number 52229-001
Borrower / Company 77 CCT Group Conso.
Barakat Kandahar Solar Energy
Country / Economy Afghanistan
Location Nation-wide
Type or Modality of Assistance
8356 Loan Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in Asia II (CFPS II) USD 3.85 million Committed
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 Some gender elements
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Division Portfolio Management Division, PSOD
Responsible ADB Officer ADB Disclosure
Project Sponsor(s)
Description The proposed project will include development, construction, commissioning and operation of a 15.1 MW solar power plant in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Objectives and Scope The project is expected provide further impetus to the objective set by the Government of Afghanistan to achieve 40% RE power by 2032. Successful implementation of the Project will lead to lower import fuel bill, decreased reliance on energy imports from neighboring countries and will provide the basis for Afghanistan to scale up its RE potential.
Status of Operation/Construction Project has achieved COD on 5 May 2019
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The project is consistent with ADB's Strategy 2030, which includes tackling climate change and enhancing environmental sustainability as among the key operational priorities. ADB's support for the project is also in line with its country partnership strategy for Afghanistan, 2017-2022 and will result in increased electricity supply and help shape the business environment for economic growth and job creation led by private sector.
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The Project is classified as Category B for Environment according to ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement 2009. The Safeguards and Social Monitoring Reports of 2021 reported that the Project had no environment, health and safety incidents and complaints during the reporting period. The Project conducted health and safety training as well as environmental monitoring, and have assigned environment, health and safety officers for the Project. The corrective action plan developed in 2020 to address gaps observed in the SSMR 2019 has been mostly completed.
Involuntary Resettlement In compliance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), the project is classified as Category C for involuntary resettlement. The project has not caused any physical or economic displacement impacts. The land for the project is leased to 77Afg rent-free by Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) and an associated transmission line owned by DABS is aligned within a national road right-of-way
Indigenous Peoples In compliance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009), the project is classified as Category C for Indigenous Peoples. The project area is not within areas where distinct and vulnerable Indigenous Peoples or ethnic minority groups reside.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation Consultation was carried out during the ESIA preparation with government and local communities. Additional consultation has been conducted during the audit with government, local villages, women and the civil society. Key concerns expressed during the consultation are access to electricity, work and education opportunities. A Grievance Redress Mechanism was established for both during construction and operation stage to ensure grievances can be communicated and addressed appropriately, if any.
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 04 Oct 2018
Credit Committee Meeting 21 Mar 2019
Approval 02 Apr 2019
Last PDS Update 02 Aug 2022

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