Tonga: 6 Megawatt Hihifo Solar Power Project

Nonsovereign Project | 53258-001

In October 2018, Tonga Power Limited (TPL) solicited tenders for the design, fabrication, delivery, installation, operation and maintenance of a 6 megawatt (MW) ground-mounted grid interconnected solar photovoltaic (PV) system over three sites of 2MW each in Tongatapu under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with TPL (the Project). TPL will provide the land suitable for PV installation and secure all sites, permits and approvals from government agencies.

Project Details

Project Name 6 Megawatt Hihifo Solar Power Project
Project Number 53258-001
Borrower / Company Sunergise New Zealand Limited
Country / Economy Tonga
Location Nation-wide
Type or Modality of Assistance
Loan Japan USD 3.00 million Approved
4077 Loan Ordinary capital resources USD 3.00 million Approved
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Renewable energy generation - solar

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Responsible ADB Department
Responsible ADB Division
Responsible ADB Officer Burrell, Alix G.
Project Sponsor(s) Sunergise International Limited
Description In October 2018, Tonga Power Limited (TPL) solicited tenders for the design, fabrication, delivery, installation, operation and maintenance of a 6 megawatt (MW) ground-mounted grid interconnected solar photovoltaic (PV) system over three sites of 2MW each in Tongatapu under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with TPL (the Project). TPL will provide the land suitable for PV installation and secure all sites, permits and approvals from government agencies.
Objectives and Scope The Project will provide 6MW of power to Tongatapu, displacing the existing diesel-generated power on the island. Furthermore, the Project will be processed under the Pacific Renewable Energy Program which will aims to support the creditworthiness of power utilities where governments in the Pacific were no longer able or willing to provide government guarantees for their power utility's offtake obligations.
Status of Development Objectives Not yet implemented.
Status of Operation/Construction Not yet commenced.
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The project supports the priorities of ADB's Strategy 2030 by: (i) addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities; (ii) accelerating progress in gender equality; and (iii) tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability. It will also contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 7: ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. The project is in line with the objectives of ADB's 2009 Energy Policy to promote renewable energy. It is included in ADB's country operations business plan for 11 small pacific island countries, 2019-2021,13 which supports private sector-led infrastructure development. The project is in line with the objectives of ADB's 2009 Energy Policy to promote renewable energy. ADB's energy policy also emphasizes energy security and facilitates a transition to a low-carbon economy, universal access to energy, and achieving ADB's vision of a

region free of poverty.

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 based on associated environmental impacts of the project. An IEE Report has been prepared for the Project in compliance with the ADB SPS 2009 requirements.
Involuntary Resettlement The establishment of 3 solar power plants will require approximately 24 acres of land and sites are either idle or underutilized. The project will not lead to losses of crops, trees and fixed assets. Land will be sub-leased by Tonga Power Limited (TPL) to Sunergise (borrower) for at least 30 years. Access road upgrade and transmission line extension components will not require land acquisition since these will be constructed within the existing road reserve. The establishment of solar power plant will not lead to any physical or economic displacement.
Indigenous Peoples The proposed project is relatively small in magnitude and is not expected to impact on any distinct and vulnerable group of IPs as defined under ADB Safeguard Policy Statement. All activities related to the construction and implementation of the project will be done in a culturally appropriate and participatory manner.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 18 Jun 2019
Credit Committee Meeting 06 Jul 2020
Approval 21 Jun 2021
Last PDS Update 22 Jun 2021

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Title Document Type Document Date
6 Megawatt Hihifo Solar Power Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Jul 2021

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