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The government of Ghana has applied for a grant and loan to implement the Ghana Scaling‐Up Renewable Energy Programme (SREP) from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and other Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) ‐ the African Development Bank (AfDB), International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group (WBG) and other Development Partners (DPs) ‐ with AfDB as the lead MDB for the implementation of this project.

CIF has approved a programme preparatory grant facility to be managed by the AfDB to finance technical assistance towards the SREP.

The principal objective of the programme is to pilot and demonstrate, as a response to the challenges of climate change, the economic, social and environmental viability of low carbon development pathways in the energy sector by creating new economic opportunities and increasing energy access through the use of renewable energy.

The SREP Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Energy intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of the preparatory grant to eligible payments under the contracts for the following consulting services under the project:

Consultancy services for net‐metering solar PV with storage

The renewable energy‐based distributed generation has been identified as one of the solutions to which the private sector may play a central role.

Net‐metered solar PV systems with backup storage provide the possibility for businesses to self‐generate and continue operating during power outages.

The excess power can then be exported to the grid under a power exchange scheme, which will relieve the grid and reduce the electricity bills of net‐metered consumers.

The overall objective of the assignment is the development of a comprehensive net metering programme, deployment of at least 15,000 units of roof‐mounted solar PV systems to reduce the economic cost of power on SMEs and households, and as a result add 25‐30MW of capacity to the generation mix.

Consultancy services for socioeconomic impact study for mini‐ grid and stand‐alone solar PV systems electrification

The Ministry of Energy has undertaken preliminary site investigation of various island communities on the Volta Lake and selected 55 and 82 potential communities for the mini‐grid and stand-alone solar PV projects respectively.

The project seeks to undertake the socio‐economic study to evaluate the potential load and impact of mini‐grid and standalone solar PV electrification schemes on the selected communities and the environmental and social impact assessment of these projects on the communities.

The objective of the assignment is to conduct and prepare socio‐economic impact report for 55 selected island/lakeside communities for mini‐grids, and 600 households in 30 selected sparsely populated off‐grid communities for standalone electrification.

Consultancy services for environmental and social impact assessments of renewable energy–based mini‐grid & solar PV stand-alone electrification and net‐metering solar PV for households and SMEs with storage projects

In accordance with the requirements of the EPA, AfDB and CIF‐WB, the relevant institutions and communities in the project area shall be notified about the environmental and social scoping through the publication a public Scoping Notice in the national daily newspaper mentioning the on-going ESIA of the Project with a brief description of the Project and activities, a list of districts and communities likely to be affected by Project, the impact areas, request for comments and suggestions along with address of communication. The publication shall be displayed in all Project‐affected zones.

The objective of the assignment is to undertake a detailed environmental and social impact assessment of the renewable energy‐based mini‐grids and solar PV standalone electrification and net‐metering solar PV with storage projects.

The scope of this assessment shall focus on the environmental and social impacts of the renewable energy‐based mini‐grids & solar PV standalone electrification and net‐metering solar PV with storage projects in terms of recommendations going forward, but drawing on a wider evidence base.

The environmental and social impacts shall cover pre‐project preparation impacts, impacts during construction and installations, operation and management impacts and decommissioning impacts.

SREP tender conditions

The SREP PIU now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested Consultants should provide their detailed profiles and other information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the services.

The shortlisting criteria shall include:

  • General and years of experience of the firm(s)
  • Summary of similar consultancies of the firm(s)
  • Availability of appropriate skills amongst staff
  • Demonstrated capacities to handle such assignments

Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below by 13 February 2018 at 15:00 GMT local time indicating the applicable assignment inscription on the submission envelope:

The Project Coordinator (SREP)

Ghana Energy Development and Access Project Secretariat

Ministry of Energy Annex

State Enterprises Commission Building

Ministries Accra

P.O. Box SD40, Accra, Ghana

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