India: Gujarat Solar Power Project

Nonsovereign Project | 54035-001

The proposed loan will enable the borrower to construct a 200-megawatt solar photovoltaic based power plant located in the state of Gujarat in India.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Mosnier, Zsuzsanna
    Private Sector Operations Department
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  • Approval Date
    20 April 2020
  • Country/Economy
  • Sector
    • Energy
Project Name Gujarat Solar Power Project
Project Number 54035-001
Borrower / Company Electro Solaire Private Limited
Country / Economy India
Location Nation-wide
Type or Modality of Assistance
3904 Loan Ordinary capital resources INR 4,658.88 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 Infrastructure Finance Division 1
Responsible ADB Officer Mosnier, Zsuzsanna
Project Sponsor(s) ENGIE Solar SAS
Solairedirect Energy India Private Limited (SDI)
Description The proposed loan will enable the borrower to construct a 200-megawatt solar photovoltaic based power plant located in the state of Gujarat in India.
Objectives and Scope The project will further diversify the energy mix of India in favor of renewable energy and help the Government of India meet its targets for non-fossil-fuel-based electric power generation, leading to a reduction in the intensity of India's carbon emissions.
Status of Development Objectives Based on the FY2021 reporting, the Borrower is on track to achieve the project's development targets.
Status of Operation/Construction The approval of the Chief Electrical Inspector of the Government for entire 200 MW capacity was in place by 15 April 2021. The COD got delayed as evacuation infrastructure was not made ready on time by the Solar Park Developer, Gujarat Power Corporation Limited. The Borrower expects to complete all pending permits and clearances from Government authorities and to achieve COD by 15 August 2021.
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The project is fully aligned with ADB's Energy Policy, which prioritizes support for renewable energy development. The project is consistent with the following operational priority of ADB's Strategy 2030: tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability. It contributes to ADB's goal to provide climate finance of $80 billion cumulatively from 2019 to 2030. Total climate mitigation finance is estimated to cost $65.5 million, 100% of ADB's own investments. No adaptation finance has been estimated for this project. It relates to two of the five core specializations of ADB: infrastructure and environment. The project will also contribute to ADB's operational goal of scaling up private sector development and private sector operations, including supporting private sector operations' long-term cofinancing target where every $1 in financing is to be matched by $2.50 of long-term cofinancing as per ADB's Strategy 2030. The project is aligned with ADB's country partnership strategy for India, 2018 2022, which calls for higher efficiency and carbon mitigation through power generation from renewable sources.
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects An independent consultant has prepared an initial environmental examination report. Site-specific construction management plans have been prepared and implemented to address the environmental impacts such as noise, dust waste generation, soil contamination and soil erosion associated with construction activities. A dedicated EHSS team member has been employed at the project site during the construction stage to oversee implementation of the ESMP and other E&S related management plans. An independent EHS audit has been conducted to validate reported EHS performance and practices during the construction stage. Site-specific operations management plan will be developed to manage E&S impacts during project operations.
Involuntary Resettlement The project has no involuntary resettlement impact. The 380-hectare project area is owned by Gujarat Power Corporation Limited and is leased to the project for 25 years. Land is unproductive and uncultivable in nature.
Indigenous Peoples The project has no adverse impacts on Indigenous Peoples. The project area is unutilized and not within areas where distinct and vulnerable Indigenous Peoples or ethnic groups reside.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation The borrower has conducted public consultations with communities in the project area. The project is perceived to help the community economically. The borrower will develop a consultation and grievance redress mechanism process that will set out continuing engagement with stakeholders and nearby communities.
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 04 Feb 2020
Credit Committee Meeting 16 Mar 2020
Approval 20 Apr 2020
Last PDS Update 16 Aug 2021

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Title Document Type Document Date
Gujarat Solar Power Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Mar 2020
Gujarat Solar Power Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Mar 2020

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.

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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