Bhutan : Distributed Solar for Public Infrastructure Project

Sovereign Project | 56325-001

Project Details

Project Name Distributed Solar for Public Infrastructure Project
Project Number 56325-001
Country / Economy Bhutan
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Solar Rooftop Project
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 30.00 million
TA: Distributed Solar for Public Infrastructure Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Operational Priorities OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP4: Making cities more livable
OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Renewable energy generation - solar

Gender Effective gender mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Bhutan is facing substantial development challenges from lack of economic diversification, predominance of subsistence employment in agriculture, poor infrastructure and connectivity, and economic threats from climate change given its geographical location. Agriculture employing around 56% of population and 19% of gross domestic product (GDP) contribution remains less productive and loosely interconnected with other sectors of the economy. The lack of economic diversification and limited capacity of the private sector poses risks to the long-term sustainability of growth and job creation. Bhutan's struggle to create sufficient, productive employment for its youth has become a major concern for the sustainable development. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, youth unemployment in Bhutan was over four times higher than the overall unemployment rate. The private sector in Bhutan remains nascent partly because of the small domestic market and the shortage of skilled labor. It is crucial to create high-quality jobs that keep youth employed within the country to ensure sustainable and inclusive development. Solar industry, as a new business area in Bhutan, can play a key role to create skilled jobs and boost private sector development.


Carbon neutrality, and climate and disaster resilience improved


Energy security increased by diversifying non-hydro resources


Solar investments in public facilities and areas increased.

Effective solar facilities' operations and maintenance outsourced.

Rooftop solar market frameworks initiated to promote investments in other consumer segments.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Son, Jongmi
Responsible ADB Department Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division Energy Sector Office (SG-ENE)
Executing Agencies
Department of Energy. Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources
Concept Clearance 31 Jan 2024
Fact Finding 29 Apr 2024 to 07 May 2024
MRM 19 Feb 2024
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Jan 2024

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