Philippines : Buskowitz Rooftop Solar Project (ADB-57065-001)

  • East Asia and Pacific
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Philippines
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Bulacan, Laguna, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Bacolod, Misamis Oriental, Zamboanga
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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."
Voting Date
Oct 27, 2023
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Buskowitz Solar Inc.
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Energy
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Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 12.00 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)
$ 12.00 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.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jan 15, 2024

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Project Description
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As stated by the ADB, the project consists of a senior secured loan of up to $12 million in peso equivalent from ADB's ordinary capital resources to finance the development, construction, and operation of a portfolio of photovoltaic power systems on the rooftops of commercial and industrial buildings in the Philippines of up to 70 megawatts (MW).

With ADB's assistance, the project will develop the nascent Philippine rooftop solar market, which has an installed capacity of 191.8 MW that is highly fragmented across more than 40 participants. The project will support a small to medium-sized company with a market niche, which would increase installed capacity by 36% and promote rooftop solar coverage in the urban areas outside Metro Manila in Luzon (Bulacan, Laguna, Pampanga, and Pangasinan); Visayas (Bacolod); and Mindanao (Misamis Oriental and Zamboanga).

Early Warning System Project Analysis
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The ADB categorized the project risk as follows:

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Investment Description
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Private Actors Description
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As stated in project documents, Buskowitz Solar Inc. is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) incorporated by Buskowitz Energy Inc. (BEI) to own, build, and operate the Project. BEI provides engineering, procurement, and construction, and operations and maintenance services for solar rooftop systems in the Philippines. At present, BEI has already installed a total aggregate capacity of 35 MW in commercial buildings and residential. BEI was formed by merging Buskowitz Finance Inc. and Energy Renewables Asia Inc. in 2022.

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Buskowitz Energy Inc. Client Energy

Contact Information
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ADB Team Leader:

Michael Gabisch - Senior Investment Specialist

No contacts provided at the time of disclosure.

Client - Buskowitz Solar Inc.:

Address: 3rd floor, Dominion Building, 833 A. Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City 1200, Philippines
Phone: +63 917 7137 912 / +63 2 88010074


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