Solomon Islands: Renewable Energy Development Project (ADB-57006-001)

  • East Asia and Pacific
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Solomon Islands
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Guadalcanal, Malaita, Henderson, Honiara
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Government of Solomon Islands
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Energy
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
Grant, Loan
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 15.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 10.00 million
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Grant Amount (USD)
$ 5.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jan 31, 2024

Disclosed by Bank Feb 20, 2023

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Project Description
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As stated by the ADB, the proposed project aims to (i) improve energy security by increasing the clean energy share in the country's energy mix, which is dominated by fossil fuel generation (over 97%); and (ii) contribute to sector reforms for better governance and public-private partnership (PPP) enabling environment in the development of renewable energy.

The SIREDP comprises of the following three sub-projects:

Sub-project 1 – involves installations on two sites in Honiara:

• Sub-project 1a involves approximately 1.0 MWp ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) array to be installed in Henderson, a site south of the Honiara International Airport. The solar PV array will connect to an adjacent 11kV overhead power line located either within the project boundary or within close proximity to avoid any resettlement impacts.
• Subproject 1b will install an approximate 4 MW / 4 MWh of storage capacity at the Honiara Power Station, adjacent to an existing 11kV switchboard where electrical integration
will occur. Another 5 MW / 20 MWh BESS will be installed with grid-forming battery inverters at the Honiara East substation.

Sub-project 2 – Ambu Solar Hybrid will install a solar and battery hybrid system comprising of a 1.5 MWp solar PV ground mounted array and 1.0 MW / 4.0 MWh battery system storage as well as auxiliary components such as electrical substation, switchboard, high-voltage distribution system and controls / communications.

Sub-project 3: This subproject will pilot rooftop solar photovoltaic generation on two schools, one in Guadalcanal and one in Malaita.

Early Warning System Project Analysis
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The ADB categorized the project E&S risks as follows:

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Investment Description
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Private Actors Description
A Private Actor is a non-governmental body or entity that is the borrower or client of a development project, which can include corporations, private equity and banks. This describes the private actors and their roles in relation to the project, when private actor information is disclosed or has been further researched.

As stated by Bloomberg, Hydro-Electric Corporation [Entura], doing business as Hydro Tasmania, provides utility services. The Company offers hydro and wind powered electricity, water management, and environmental research services. Hydro-Electric serves residential and commercial customers in Australia.

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Entura (Hydro-Electric Corporation) Contractor Energy

Contact Information
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ADB Team Leaders:

Rafayil Abbasov - Senior Energy Specialist

Ingrid Fitzgerald - Gender Specialist

Michelle Dooley - ADB Safeguards Specialist

Executing Agency - Ministry of Finance and Treasury:

Address: P.O.Box 26, Honiara, Solomon Islands

Implementing Agency - Solomon Islands Electricity Authority:

Address: PO Box 6, Head Office Ranadi, Honiara
Phone: +677 166 / +677 167
Fax: +677 39472


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