Kesh floating solar PV project

Location:

Albania

Project number:

51908

Business sector:

Energy

Notice type:

State

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

04 Nov 2020

Status:

Concept Reviewed

PSD disclosed:

29 Jul 2020

Project Description

Provision of a secured project finance loan of up to EUR 9.75 millionto to an SPV incorporated in Albania and owned by Korporata Elektroenergjitike Shqiptare sh.a.("KESH"), the state-owned Albanian power generation company, for the construction of a floating solar PV plant on the surface of KESH's Vau i Dejes hydropower plant reservoir with an installed capacity of 12.9 MW. The electricity produced by the solar plant will be sold on the non-regulated electricity market.

Project Objectives

The project will support the implementation of the first-of-a-kind floating technology solar plant in Albania and in the Western Balkans region and will promote the further use of the floating PV technology to increase the region's solar capacity through the efficient use of existing hydro reservoirs.

At the same time, the project will strengthen KESH's operational and financial performance through reduced reliance on hydro revenues and due to the floating technology's positive impact on the water levels of the existing reservoir.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 65

The transition impact arises from delivering climate mitigation benefits through the construction of 12.9 MW of additional renewable energy generation capacity in Albania and by bringing a novel green technology to the country. The project will be built with minimal land utilisation and help reduce evaporation from water surfaces resulting in overall efficient use of resources.

In addition, the project will strengthen the financial resilience of the main state-owned utility company in the country.

Client Information

KORPORATA ELEKTROENERGJETIKE SHQIPTARE SHA

The borrower will be a special purpose vehicle incorporated in Albania for the sole purpose of developing, constructing and operating the project. The borrower will be ultimately 100% owned by KESH.

KESH is a leading electricity generation company of Albania and the owner of the country's three major hydropower plants accounting for the majority of the domestic electricity production.

 

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 9,750,000.00

Up to EUR 9.75 million secured project finance loan to be provided to the borrower.

Total Project Cost

EUR 13,940,000.00

Additionality

The Bank is additional due to the offered financing structure and by providing risk mitigation. The EBRD offers terms and conditions and a tenor that are not available from commercial sources, but necessary to finance the project, while EBRD's existing relationship with KESH provides comfort to the client to invest in this new technology.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B under the 2019 ESP. Environmental and social issues associated with the Project are anticipated to be localised, readily assessed, and mitigated based on an Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD).

Key environmental and social (E&S) impacts/risks to consider on the Project include construction and operational impacts on water quality, aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity from the floating PV plant, the electrical connection to the substation at the nearby HPP and the launching site as well as potential impacts on other users of the reservoir (e.g. tourism; fishing etc). The proposed Project location within the reservoir is located within a proposed Key Biodiversity Area and thus compliance with PR6 will be a key area of focus. 

The on-going ESDD is being undertaken by a consultant and includes a site visit to review the Project location and conduct biodiversity and social baseline data collection, a review of the permitting status of the Project and an assessment of the Client's E&S management capacity. This will include an assessment of any critical habitat or priority biodiversity features as appropriate. Based on the due diligence a Non-Technical Summary will be developed and disclosed in local language and English.  

This PSD will be updated on the completion of the ESDD and agreement of an Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) as well as Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP).

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

 Total of EUR 165,930 TC funded by the Bank's Shareholder Special Fund ("SSF") for Environmental and Social Due Diligence, Commercial Due Diligence and Legal Due Diligence and EUR 74,920 TC funded by Austrian government (DRIVE Fund) for the Technical Due Diligence of the Project.

Company Contact Information

Benet Beci, CEO
benetbeci@kesh.al
+355 4 2259729
www.kesh.al
Rr. Viktor Eftimiu, Blloku Vasil Shanto, Tiranë, Albania

PSD last updated

30 Jul 2020

Understanding Transition

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