ADB on the Ground:
Supporting ADB's Strategy 2030

Date/Time: Wednesday 19 June, 2019 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Auditorium A-D

The Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF 2019) was held from 17 to 21 June 2019 at ADB Headquarters in Manila. The theme for this year’s ACEF was “Partnering for Impact”. The “ADB on the Ground Session” which was initiated last year, formed an important part of this year’s program to highlight innovative and successful ADB projects that have made a deep and lasting impact across Asia.

The ACEF 2019 ADB on the Ground Session focused on cross cutting sectorial projects from various ADB Sectors. During this session, participants got a high-level overview of ADB Strategy 2030 followed by a rotating “World Cafe” format presentations from ADB staff from various sectors. The session showcased 25 ADB projects, and each project was assigned a table.

ADB on the Ground Session Format

  • Participants sat down at one of the tables in the room, each of which was hosted by an ADB staff and some tables were accompanied by government counterparts engaged in the project.
  • Participants spent 10 minutes per round (7 total rounds) at a table learning about a specific ADB project. The recommended format was a 4-minute introduction, followed by 5-6 minutes of discussion.
  • After the end of each round, participants got 3 minutes to rotate to another table of their choice. ADB inspired videos were played during this rotation.

ADB on the Ground Session Benefits

  • Showcase cross sectorial innovation through collaboration.
  • Encourage south-to-south learning across countries, and ADB departments and sectors.
  • Increase awareness among ACEF participants of the transformative and innovative nature of ADB involvement resulting in deep development impact on the ground.
  • Demonstrate that ADB staff are working with counterparts and stakeholders to lead and demonstrate innovative technologies, approaches, and financing mechanisms.

List of Tables

Table Project Presenter Details

Solar Energy Generation Project
Afghanistan – Renewable Energy Public Private Partnerships

  • Areg Barseghyan, ADB
  • Aman Ghalib, DABS

The project promotes private sector partnership in solar energy generation and outsourcing capacity in utility (DABS) through public private partnership. The project also promotes domestic grid connected energy generation using clean and efficient technologies to meet the electricity demand in Afghanistan.

ADB will assist the government through transaction advisory services to conduct a tariff-based tender for two independent power plants of the capacity of 20MW and 10MW. ADB will also assist the government to construct rooftop solar photo-voltaic panel system on the government and commercial buildings in the total capacity of 5MW. In addition, the project will assist the government to develop and implement the solar incentivization program for private householders.


Off-grid Solar Electrification Pilot
Afghanistan – Off-grid Electrification

  • Sohail Hasnie, ADB
  • Ajmal Shinwari, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development
  • Sayed Mustafa Sadat, Consultant

Electricity in a Box” is an innovative solar electricity package designed to serve the electricity needs of individual households in rural and off-grid areas. The package includes Solar PV modules as generation source, super-efficient lithium ion batteries as energy storage and energy efficient DC appliances such as TV, fan, lights and refrigerator. The 80 units of “Electricity in a Box” package was distributed to rural off-grid households in Afghanistan as part of the regional technical assistance program.The immediate impact in providing clean and efficient electricity under the pilot project; included positive change in socio-economic status of the households in the village.


Distribution Network Rehabilitation, Efficiency Improvement and Augmentation
Armenia – Electricity Distribution

  • Vardan Karapetyan, ADB

The project contributes to government goals of energy independence and energy efficiency. The project will improve private sector electricity distribution in Armenia, primarily characterized by lower distribution losses of 8.0% by 2021, compared with 9.7% in 2016. The project will rehabilitate of 400 kilometers of distribution lines, 900 transformers, 550 substations, and install 250,000 automatic metering devices for end consumers.


Floating Solar Energy Development
Azerbaijan – New Technology Solar

  • Yagut Iltifat Ertenliche, ADB

The TA will support Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and the Kyrgyz Republic to enhance their knowledge and technical skills in designing, constructing and operating solar PV plants, particularly floating PV, through pilot projects, commercial scale project development, and institutional capacity building.

The TA will pilot test high technology, enabling the countries to leapfrog in knowledge and capacity and increase readiness for private sector participation in large-scale, land-based, and floating solar development.


Solar Photovoltaic Pumping for Agricultural Irrigation
Bangladesh – Cross Sector – Energy and Agriculture

  • Nazmun Nahar, ADB,
  • Shah Md. Helal Uddin, Ministry of Power

The project targets replacing 2000 diesel operated water pumps in10 districts of Bangladesh, covering 15,000 hectares of cultivable land. Approximately 18 MWp Solar PV will power the pumps causing 13.7 GWh electrical energy saving from the national grid, 2950 tons of diesel saving and 7,788 tons CO2 emission reduction per year. Bangladesh rural electrification board (BREB) is the Executing agency. BREB aimed to buy back electricity form the idle pumping systems during the lean periods, resulting possible addition of 19.7 GWh renewable energy to national grid per annum.


National Solar park Project
Cambodia – Renewable Energy

  • Nida Oak, ADB

The project will support the deployment of solar photovoltaic power plants in Cambodia and address the country’s need to (i) expand low-cost power generation; (ii) diversify the power generation mix with an increase in the percentage of clean energy; and (iii) expand the use of competitive tenders and other global best practices in the energy sector. The project will support the national electricity utility, Electricite du Cambodge (EDC), in constructing a 100-megawatt (MW) capacity solar power park. Through a transaction advisory services (TAS) agreement between the Office of Public–Private Partnership (OPPP) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and EDC, the project also aims to help EDC design and conduct a competitive tender for procuring an independent power producer to build the first solar power plant within the park.


Regional Cooperation on Renewable Energy Integration to the Grid
CAREC – Regional Cooperation

  • Sarin Abado, ADB

The TA aims at assisting the countries in dealing with the specific problem of renewable energy intermittency and tries to provide technical, regulatory, operational and capacity building solutions to the participants.

Overall, the TA establishes three regional renewable energy scenarios (2020, 2025 and 2030) and identifies the necessary capacity reserve requirements to mitigate intermittency from renewable energy. It also analyzes which investments in grid/capacity are needed in each of the three renewable energy scenarios. The scope of the TA includes seven Central Asian countries including Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.


Shanxi Energy Efficiency and Environment Improvement Project
China, People’s Republic of – District Heating and Energy Efficiency

  • Xinjian Liu, ADB

The project has played demonstrating role in clean district heating supply (DHS) in Shanxi Province of the PRC. Jinzhong DHS subproject has become the pioneer in innovation and construction of the international advanced level of heat exchanger units and box-type heat stations to improve energy efficiency and to reduce energy consumption, while the first DHS with gas-fired boiler as heat source for the county level urban area was developed in Zhongyang county of Shanxi Province, which showcased an environmentally friendly sustainable approach to utilize clean energy for heating in Shanxi Province.


Xiangtan Low-Carbon Transformation Sector Development Project
China, People’s Republic of – Low Carbon Development

  • Na Won Kim, ADB

The Xiangtan low-carbon transformation sector development program aims to support the Xiangtan municipal government’s efforts to transform Xiangtan from a carbon- intensive, heavily polluting city to a low-carbon, climate resilient, and livable one. The program comprises of a policy-based loan supporting reforms that will update existing policies and introduce innovative measures to unlock potentials for carbon reduction and a project focusing on the priority infrastructure and systems improvement with support of smart management systems, based on information and communications technology (ICT).


Energy Efficiency and Air Quality Improvement through Sustainable Urban Transport
Georgia – Cross Sector – Energy and Transport

  • Lara Arjan, ADB
  • Neil Chadder; Chee Anne Roño; An Rubenecia; CDIA

Since 2010, ADB has been supporting Tbilisi through its Sustainable Urban Transport Investment Program (SUTIP) loan program. Complementing this effort is a grant under ADB’s TA 9170: Promoting Smart Systems, which further introduced smart solutions and innovations to improve local capacity in transport planning.
Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA), an ADB-managed Trust Fund has worked in parallel with ADB in Tbilisi in this work. ADB, under SUTIP is financing the initial emergency repairs with an investment value of USD 14 million. Advisory support towards actual implementation of key transport strategies, such as the bus network restructuring was provided.


Green Shoots for Climate Bonds in Southeast Asia
GMS – Innovative Financing for Renewable Energy

  • Daniel Wiedmer, ADB

The private sector initiative on climate bonds in Southeast Asia will catalyze the renewable energy development in the region. The table answers the questions on what the precursors to a thriving green and climate bond market are. The case studies and lessons from the ADB experience investing in landmark green bonds across Southeast Asia will be presented.


Clean Energy Finance Investment Program
India – Renewable Energy Financing

  • Jigar Arvindbhai Bhatt, ADB
  • SK Bhargava, RC Sharma, IREDA

The Multitranche Financing Facility of $500 million consists of financial intermediation loans to Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) to support financing to eligible renewable energy subprojects in India. This MFF will leverage private capital to expand sector lending to enhance renewable energy capacity in India.


Energy Sector Group activities
Energy Sector Group ADB

Under the Sector Advisory Service Cluster, the Energy Sector Group (Energy SG) operates as a secretariat for all energy related activities at ADB. Come and learn the activities.


Electricity Grid Strengthening Sumatra Program
Indonesia – Results Based Lending Modality

  • Ira Palupi, ADB
  • Andrew Fransciscus, ADB

The program supports the upgrade of the power transmission and distribution system in Sumatra as part of an expansion plan to strengthen the national grid. The program helps financing $600 million project using the results-based lending (RBL) approach for the first time in Indonesia. This is also the ADBs first RBL in the energy sector. By using RBL, ADB focuses on the aggregate outputs and the program has mechanisms to encourage performance improvements for the utility (PLN) on both the technical and administrative areas. The program also has 26 program action plans to strengthen PLN’s institutional capacity including environment and social safeguard practices, procurement processes, monitoring and evaluation, and financial management.


Non Sovereign Financing to Geothermal Power Projects
Indonesia – Private Sector – Geothermal Energy

  • Yuichiro Yoi, ADB
  • Juliette Leusink, ADB

The Muara Laboh Geothermal Power project entails development of geothermal steam resources through production and injection facilities in the Liki Pinangawan Muara Laboh concession area and construction, operation, and maintenance of a single power generation unit with a capacity of about 80 MW.

The project represents an important milestone in the development of the 3,200 megawatts (MW) geothermal pipeline and the project demonstrates the viability of the tariff re-negotiation process with the utility (PLN), encouraging ongoing exploration programs for nascent geothermal developments. The project is also supporting the government’s plan to cope with the predicted electricity shortages in Sumatra over the medium term in an environmentally sustainable manner.


Baikonyr Solar Power Project
Kazakhstan – Renewable Energy

  • Kenzhekhan Abuov, ADB

Baikonur Solar Power project supported the construction, commissioning, and operation of a 50MW solar power plant in the Kyzylorda Oblast, Kazakhstan. The project is aimed to increase the electricity supply to help meet the national demand and decrease dependency on power export form neighboring country in the South Kazakhstan. The project is also contributing to government recent goals of replacing outdated coal generation capacities (currently at 85%) and towards achieving the renewable energy target.


South Tarawa Water Supply Project
Kiribati – Cross Sector – Energy and Water

  • Alexandra Conroy
  • Cindy Tiangco, ADB

The project will combat factors that result in the high incidence of waterborne disease in South Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati, through the delivery and effective management of new and rehabilitated climate-resilient water supply assets and of improved hygiene practices.
This will be achieved by building a desalination plant of 4,000 cubic meters per day, whose energy consumption is offset by a 2,500-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system, and by rehabilitating the water supply distribution network to minimize leakages and add new metered household connections to piped water supplies. The project has an approved grant from Green Climate Fund.


Toktogul Hydro Power Plant Rehabilitation Project
Kyrgyz Republic – Hydro Power

  • Samat Aldeev, ADB

Toktogul HPP is the country’s largest and most important power plant, with installed capacity of 1,200 Megawatt. Toktogul HPP was placed into service in 1975 and has undergone no significant rehabilitation. Critical equipment components are failing, resulting in availability dropping to 80%. Phase 1 of the 3-phased full rehabilitation of Toktogul HPP started in 2017 by replacement of the secondary electrical equipment and will be completed by the end of 2019. Under Phase 2 and Phase 3 the main generating equipment with auxiliary systems of the power plant will be rehabilitated and expected to be completed in 2023.


SASEC Power Expansion Project
Nepal – Renewable Energy Financing

  • Pushkar Manandhar, ADB
The SASEC Power System Expansion Project will strengthen transmission and distribution systems of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) to enhance private sector participation in hydropower generation. The projects additional financing will promote utility scale solar energy system of size 25 MWp with private sector participation. The solar systems are being developed through a competitive tendering process with Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) awarded based on best offtake prices. A grant financing will be used to cover the difference (viability gap) between the agreed PPA offtake process of the winning bidders and the minimum PPA offtake price payable by NEA.

Pacific Renewable Energy Guarantee Program
Pacific – Renewable Energy Financing

  • Anthony Maxwell, ADB

The Pacific Renewable Energy Program encourages private sector investment in renewable energy in the Pacific. It mitigates short-term liquidity risk, through a donor-backed standby letter of credit, and supports long-term investment, through a partial risk guarantee.


Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems in Small Islands
Sri Lanka – Renewable Energy Mini-grids

  • Prathaj Haputhanthri, ADB

The project will implement three Wind-Solar-Diesel Hybrid Systems with battery storage for three Northern isolated islands in Sri Lanka namely Nainativu, Analativu and Delft. These systems will replace the dated diesel generators that are currently being used to supply electricity for the respective islands. This project is set to install 4.28MW of hybrid mini grid systems with 2350kWh storage capacity. While these systems will provide for the growing demand for electricity within the islands, it would also contribute towards an annual reduction of 15,000 tons of carbon dioxide.


Nurek 500kV Switchyard Reconstruction Project
Tajikistan – Electricity Transmission

  • Shukhrat Khojaev, ADB

The project supported construction of 500 kV gas insulated switchgear including all auxiliary systems to evacuate hydro power generated from Nurek hydro power project. Nurek HPP was constructed in 1972 providing 2320 MW to the network. The old air insulated switchgear was also built in 1970’s and the conditions were degrading and was also a threaten to safety due to unstable geological conditions. The project relocated the substation and avoided the risk of natural disasters and stabilized the electricity flow from Nurek HPP.


Outer Island Renewable Energy Project
Tonga – Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification

  • Grace King, ADB

OIREP in Tonga is a US$26.17m project, cofinanced by ADB, Government of Australia, European Union and Second Danish Cooperation Fund for Renewable Energy and Efficiency for Rural Areas. The project will reduce Tonga’s dependence on imported fossil fuel for power generation by providing on-grid and off-grid generation solar power, at a reduced cost: (i) construct and install solar power systems with a total capacity of 1.32 MWp on 9 outer islands of Tonga; (ii) rehabilitate the existing grid network on the islands of Vava’u and ‘Eua; and (iii) provide training through operations and maintenance knowledge transfer.


Advanced Electricity Metering Project
Uzbekistan – Advanced Metering

  • Shokhimardon Musaev, ADB

The Advanced Electricity Metering Project will install an advanced electricity metering (AEM) system, with modern, accurate, and theft-proof revenue meters for about one million residential and commercial entity customers in Samarkand, Bukhara, and Jizzakh regions. AEM will allow appropriate accounting for every unit of power consumed, which is essential for minimizing commercial losses and identifying upgrades that would result in a lower technical loss. The project will contribute to improving energy efficiency and will help reduce commercial losses and improve collection efficiency of electricity revenue.


Vanuatu Energy Access Project
Vanuatu – Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification

  • Pivituru Indrawansa
  • Olga Stephenson, ADB

Vanuatu Energy Access Project will increase energy access and renewable energy generation in the two islands of Espiritu Santo and Malekula. The project will assist installing hydropower generation to replace diesel generation in Malekula and will extend the distribution grid in both Malekula and Espiritu Santo. The project is aligned with improved livelihoods of households in Malekula and Espiritu Santo in alignment with the National Sustainable Development Plan 2016 to 2030. The project will ensure increased supply of clean renewable electricity to households in Malekula and Espiritu Santos.


ADB Youth for Asia Program
Youth for Asia – Collaborative Approach

  • Ria Madan
  • Chirag Gupta, ADB Youth for Asia

ADB Youth for Asia (YfA) supported a joint collaboration between ADB’s Energy for All, Electronics Life Technology Korea, Pangasinan Electric Cooperative and TEFI to electrify off-grid areas in Silaki Islands in the Philippines. Silaki Island is a small island off the coast of Pangasinan, Philippines. The island has approximately 70 households where 400 people reside.

Electronic Life Technology (ELT), a Korean energy company, provided Silaki Islands with all the materials to install a small PV solar park. TEFI, the CSR branch of Team Energy Philippines, managed the project implementation. ADB Youth for Asia supported this as a pilot project, working on strengthening the social component of the project. ADB Youth for Asia supported with capacity building and awareness, engaging with local school students to identify youth champions for sustained long-term impact.