The Program will provide an umbrella facility to provide financing support including loans, guarantees and letters of credit, to overcome the constraints to private sector investment in renewable power projects in Pacific island countries.
|Project Name||Pacific Renewable Energy Program|
Micronesia, Federated States of
Papua New Guinea
|Location||Cook Islands - Nation-wide; Fiji - Nation-wide; Kiribati - Nation-wide; Marshall Islands - Nation-wide; Micronesia, Federated States of - Nation-wide; Nauru - Nation-wide; Palau - Nation-wide; Papua New Guinea - Nation-wide; Samoa - Nation-wide; Solomon Islands - Nation-wide; Timor-Leste - Nation-wide; Tonga - Nation-wide; Tuvalu - Nation-wide; Vanuatu - Nation-wide|
|Type or Modality of Assistance||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||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 2|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Burrell, Alix G.|
|Description||The Program will provide an umbrella facility to provide financing support including loans, guarantees and letters of credit, to overcome the constraints to private sector investment in renewable power projects in Pacific island countries.|
|Objectives and Scope|
|Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The development objective is to provide credit enhancement mechanisms to hedge against the key risks inherent in power projects in the PDMCs, which will increase private investment in the energy sector. The Program will help to (i) lower the cost of financing and encourage financing with longer tenors; (ii) attract new investors and lenders to the PDMCs, where they might not otherwise invest; (iii) generate financing opportunities for PSOD; and (iv) increase PSODs focus on frontier markets in accordance with ADBs Strategy 2030. The Program is aligned with the operational priorities of Strategy 2030 in tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability.
The additionality provided by ADB is in sourcing and using available grant funds for the PDMCs from ADBs development partners as a credit enhancement tool that will mobilize private sector financing. This will spur private sector development, help to reduce continued reliance of power utilities on grants and subsidies, and increase renewable energy supply. Technical assistance for projects under the Program will assist in strengthening governance and institutional capacity through building skills in financial sustainability, service delivery, transparent tender processes and E&S standards.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
Projects categorized as Category A for environment will not be included in the Program. Projects under the Program are anticipated to be Environment Category B.
Environmental and social due diligence will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and social requirements. The IPPs will engage environmental and social experts to prepare environmental and social assessment reports and management plans for their projects, such as an Initial Environmental Examination report and Resettlement Plan (if required). An Environmental and Social Audit report to be filed by an external expert will assess the environmental, social, health and safety, and gender risks and impacts associated with the project in cases where the project involves land acquisition or resettlement. Recommended mitigation measures and monitoring requirements will be implemented under an environmental and social management plan. Gender mainstreaming will be evaluated and implemented where possible for specific projects under the Program.
|Involuntary Resettlement||Projects under the Program are anticipated to be Involuntary Resettlement Category B.|
|Indigenous Peoples||Projects under the Program are anticipated to be Indigenous Peoples Category C.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation|
|Concept Clearance||18 Mar 2019|
|Credit Committee Meeting||22 Mar 2019|
|Approval||17 Apr 2019|
|Last PDS Update||12 Jun 2019|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Pacific Renewable Energy Program: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Aug 2019|
|Pacific Renewable Energy Program: Report and Recommendation of the President||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Mar 2019|
Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.
None currently available.
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
None currently available.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Pacific Renewable Energy Program Annual Report (April-December 2019)||Statutory Reports and Official Records||Apr 2020|
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ADB Approves New Financing Support for Renewable Power Projects in the PacificADB has approved an umbrella facility of up to $100 million which will provide financing support including loans, guarantees, and letters of credit to overcome constraints to private sector investment in renewable power projects...