Regional : AC Energy Green Bond Project
The transaction involves a debt investment of up to $20,000,000 in Green Bonds to be issued by AC Energy Finance International Limited, for the AC Energy Green Bond project. The proceeds of the bond offering will be used primarily for solar and wind projects in the Philippines, Indonesia, Viet Nam.
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|Project Name||AC Energy Green Bond Project|
|Borrower / Company||AC Energy Finance International Limited
AC Energy, Inc.
|Country / Economy||Regional
|Location||Indonesia - Nation-wide; Philippines - Nation-wide; Viet Nam - Nation-wide|
|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||Some gender elements|
|Responsible ADB Department||Private Sector Operations Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Portfolio Management Division, PSOD|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Kim, Viktoriya|
|Description||The transaction involves a debt investment of up to $20,000,000 in Green Bonds to be issued by AC Energy Finance International Limited, for the AC Energy Green Bond project. The proceeds of the bond offering will be used primarily for solar and wind projects in the Philippines, Indonesia, Viet Nam.|
|Objectives and Scope|
|Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The Project is consistent with ADB's Strategy 2030, which has a target of 75% of ADB operations to support climate change mitigation and adaptation by 2030. The project is consistent with ADB's Energy Policy, which supports wider access to energy through investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The project will contribute to ADB's target of $6 billion in annual financing for climate mitigation and adaptation by 2020 and catalyze further private sector resources in the clean energy segment.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||TThe project is classified as category B for environment. It is processed as a general corporate finance transaction following ADB SPS Safeguards Requirement 4. Prior to the identification of subprojects that will be supported by the ADB investment, AC Energy has developed and adopted a corporate-wide environmental and social management system (ESMS) satisfactory with ADBs requirements. Also, an environmental, health and safety and social manager has been designated to oversee the implementation of the ESMS and management of environmental and social impacts of subprojects. As of to date, AC Energy has identified only one subproject utilizing the Green Bond amount i.e. the GIGALSOL3 Solar Farm Project in Palauig, Zambales. AC Energy engaged an environmental consultant to assess the gaps of the local Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) and audit the environmental performance of the construction activities against the company's ESMS. The corrective action plan, included in the environmental compliance audit report, was implemented and closed-out by AC Energy in April 2021. The safeguards documents i.e. IEE and the environmental compliance audit reports for the subproject, were accepted by ADB and have been disclosed on ADBs website. The ESMS approved by ADB is being implemented by AC Energy for subprojects using ADB proceeds and for its other projects.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||Though the project was classified as category B for involuntary resettlement, ADB proceeds funded the construction and operation of the GIGASOL3 Solar Farm Project, categorized as C on involuntary resettlement impacts. In compliance with ADB SPS and AC Energy ESMS, social due diligence and compliance audit was conducted by a third-party expert, which confirmed that the establishment of the solar farm did not result in any physical or economic displacement of landowners and land users. The land was acquired from a private corporation through a willing seller-willing buyer based on commercially agreed terms. The land was not acquired through expropriation based on eminent domain.|
|Indigenous Peoples||The project was classified as category B for indigenous peoples. However, the ADB-funded GIGASOL3 Solar Farm Project was assessed to have category C impacts on Indigenous Peoples. The construction and operation of the solar farm did not affect the dignity, human rights, livelihood systems, culture, or the territories and natural or cultural resources that own, use, occupy, or claim as an ancestral domain or asset of any ethnic minority groups.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation||The corporate-wide ESMS incorporates frameworks for stakeholder engagement, community consultation, and grievance redress mechanism. GIGASOL3 Solar Farm actively engages with the surrounding communities, local authorities, and relevant stakeholders to provide updates on the status of the operation and consult on the corporate social responsibility programs and development projects under the ER-1-94 program (benefits of the communities from hosting the solar farm). The solar farm grievance redress mechanism is accessible to internal and external stakeholders, and there were no grievances received from the employees, local communities, and other stakeholders.|
|Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation|
|Concept Clearance||22 Jan 2019|
|Credit Committee Meeting||25 Jan 2019|
|Approval||30 Jan 2019|
|Last PDS Update||31 Aug 2022|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|AC Energy Green Bond Project: FAST Report||Faster Approach to Small Nonsovereign Transactions||Feb 2019|
|AC Energy Green Bond Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Jan 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.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|AC Energy Green Bond Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report 2021||Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports||Mar 2022|
|AC Energy Green Bond Project: GIGASOL3 Solar Farm Subproject Environmental Compliance Audit Report||Environment Compliance Audit Reports||Apr 2021|
|AC Energy Green Bond Project: GIGASOL3 Solar Farm Subproject Social Compliance Audit Report||Social Compliance Audit Report||Apr 2021|
|AC Energy Green Bond Project: GIGASOL3 Solar Farm Subproject Initial Environmental Examination||Initial Environmental Examination||Apr 2021|
|AC Energy Green Bond Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report 2019||Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports||May 2020|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
None currently available.
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