Consulting Services for Project Implementation Consultant (PIC) Promotion of Solar Energy in Rural and Semi-Urban Regions of Nepal

2024-05-27

Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank
Client: Alternative Energy Program Committee (AEPC)
Date: Feb 2022 –  Feb 2025

  • The purpose of the project is to increase the supply of solar electricity and reduce CO2 emissions through investments in on-grid (solar roof systems) and off-grid (solar irrigation pumps, solar mini-grids) Photovoltaic (PV) systems.
  • The project consists of three components as follows:

  • The first component comprises investment support for the on-grid roof system.
  • The second component comprises investment support for off-grid solar irrigation pumps for agriculture users and solar mini–grid for remote communities.
  • The third project component focuses on strengthening project implementation capacities at national and local levels, complementing the investments under components 1 and 2.
  • The PCI will support AEPC during the implementation, more specifically for the following aspects: is expected to deliver the Services for:

  • Phase 1: Inception Phase (Project Planning Support)
  • Elaborating the financing Modalities- During the inception Phase the services will be focused on the Initial assessment of financial aspects and the establishment of standardized financial modalities for each Technical Component.
  •  Elaborating an environmental and social management framework (ESMF) including a stakeholder Engagement framework (SEF) for each type of PV system
  • general overview of the risks without site-specific details of each subproject;
  • guidance on the E&S risk management for each subproject;
  • outline the standards, guidelines and procedures to address the E & S impact associated with implementing each subproject.

                  iii.         Definition of the eligibility criteria – update eligibility criteria in close cooperation with AEPC and in consultation with other relevant international development partners such as GIZ, DFID, ADB in order to get a return of experience on the already implemented project.

                  iv.         Elaboration of the tender/subsidy distribution process – Prepare a template of bidding Document for each technical Component and procurement plan

                    v.         Development of a standard operation and maintenance (O&M) concept

                  vi.         Preparation of implementation phase

 2.       Phase 2: Project Implementation Support

                    I.           Support during sub-project identification and feasibility

                  II.           Support during the procurement process.

                  III.           Supervision during installation/construction.

                IV.           Monitoring during the operating phase (sampling approach).

 3.       Phase 3: Monitoring, Fund Management, Training and Reporting

                    I.           Development of a monitoring system

                  II.           Subsidy Fund Management and Reporting

                  III.           Capacity Building (Project Component 3).