Project details


Project title

Sustainable Infrastructure Assistance Program Phase II - Supporting Sustainable and Universal Electricity Access Phase 2 (Subproject 3) - EGDP2: Solar PLTS Technical Specialist

Country Programme / Action Plan
Tender / Procurement notice
13 Feb 2020
Re-advertisement / Re-launch
21 Feb 2020


13 February 2020


19 February 2020


54 002 USD

Procurement type

Individual consultants


52152-003 Package EGDP2: Solar PLTS Technical Specialist

Funding Agency

ADB - Asian Development Bank

Estimated duration

8 months



Date Published: 13-Feb-2020 Deadline of Submitting EOI: 19-Feb-2020 11:59 PM Manila local time

Consultant Type Individual
Selection Method Individual Consultant Selection (ICS)
Source National
Technical Proposal Not Applicable

Selection Title Sustainable Infrastructure Assistance Program Phase II - Supporting Sustainable and Universal Electricity Access Phase 2 (Subproject 3)

Package Name EGDP2: Solar PLTS Technical Specialist

Advance Action No

Engagement Period 8 MONTH

Consulting Services Budget USD 54,000

Budget Type Estimated

Approval Number 9861
Approval Date 15-Nov-2019
Estimated Short-listing Date 21-Feb-2020
Estimated Commencement Date 01-Mar-2020
Open to non-Member Countries No

Additional Information

Possibility of contract extension Not known
Possibility of consideration for downstream assignment Not known

Country of assignment Indonesia

Country of eligibility for national consultants Same as country of assignment

Contact Information

Project Officer Toru Kubo
Designation Principal Climate Change Specialist
Asian Development Bank

Contact Person for Inquiries Diana Connett
Designation Energy Specialist
Asian Development Bank


Primary Agency Country Agency Role Contact Person
P.T. Perusahaan Listrik Negara Indonesia Executing Agency Anasthasia Nurdiana
PT Geo Dipa Energi (Persero) Indonesia Implementing Agency

Cost Estimate

Cost Items Amount in USD
Remuneration and Other Expenses
All activities and inputs in the TOR but not limited to remuneration, per diem, air travel, miscellaneous travel expenses, report preparation, production, and transmission, land transportation, communications, etc.53,152
Contingency 850



Terms of Reference (Individual Consultant)

Expertise Solar PV Assessment. Design and Development
Expertise Group Engineering
Consultant Source National
TOR Keywords Solar PV

Objective and Purpose of the Assignment

The objective is to produce 1 technical and financial assessment as well as recommendations for redesign
and rehabilitation of 1 community-scale solar PV installations (PLTS) viable for transfer via the
Central Government Equity Participation (PMPP) to the State Electricity Corporation (Perusahaan Listrik
Negara [PLN]) (draft list in Appendix A). Depending upon timing, additional assets may be added for
technical assessment of upgrade components, including: remote monitoring and hybridization using energy
management systems.

This proposal is catalyzed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which is preparing the Sustainable
Energy Access in Eastern Indonesia (SEAEI)—Electricity Grid Development Program Phase 2 (EGDP2), a $600 million results-based loan with an anticipated clean energy-focused grant for $3 million to support the
State Electricity Corporation (Perusahaan Listrik Negara [PLN]).

The clean energy-focused grant aims to promote renewable energy and save operational costs for PLN
through reduced diesel consumption in Kalimantan, Maluku, and Papua. There are nearly 800 community-
scale PLTS that were funded by the central government through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral
Resources Directorate General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE), and another
several hundred by PEMDA for universal electrification. However, many of these PLTS broke down within 2
years due to a lack of operational capacity or sufficient budgets to perform the required operations and
maintenance (O&M). PLN, on the other hand, has the capacity and geographic reach for sustainable PLTS
O&M. EBTKE expressed their intent to ensure sustainable operations by (i) transferring all PLTS that
have not already been transferred to PEMDA to PLN, and (ii) supporting PLN to develop a standard O&M
agreement with local governments that would allow PLN to operate and maintain the already-transferred PLTS.

EBTKE has proposed an initial list of 16 PLTS to be transferred in 2020. The development program,
NZMATES, has conducted assessment of assets in Maluku, therefore, additional support is needed to
conduct the assessments in Kalimantan and Papua. The rehabilitation of transferred assets may be
conducted using the clean energy grant under the proposed EGDP2, anticipated 2020.

Technical assessment and rehabilitation/redesign is needed to assist PLN in selecting PLTS for
acceptance and then operationalizing the broken PLTS from the asset transfer. Assessments should be
conducted in close coordination with PLN, EBTKE, local governments, and relevant agencies, as needed.

Scope of Work

The consultant, in close coordination with PLN, EBTKE, and local governments, will lead the assessment
of 1 PLTS between 15 and 100 kW capacity size, located in Kalimantan (see Appendix A). The PLTS is under
central government ownership, currently listed as state asset inventory. Additional PLTS viable for
upgrade may be added if time allows. The asset scope includes only the power generation facility and
should include details of the current land ownership agreement.

The consultant will support PLN’s EBT and PR-MP to (i) conduct a failure analysis of the PLTS viable for
transfer; (ii) propose redesign/ rehabilitation options analysis, including (at least) LCOE, preliminary
engineering designs, grid interconnection opportunities, commercial viability based on potential future
demand, O&M requirements, and other relevant criteria; (iii) propose a procurement approach, and (iv)
draft summary recommendations and costs/ timelines for all rehabilitation works. This work will inform
PLN’s letter of acceptance to transfer selected PLTS assets via the state equity injection. The
consultant should also coordinate closely with NZMATES on outputs. Site visits to PLTS that were built
by EBTKE should coordinate with EBTKE and local government, in addition to PLN.

The consult is expected to be mobilized from March 2020 and completed by August 2020. Given time
constraints, priority assessments are of the EBTKE-built PLTS, though PLN owned-and-operated PLTS in
need of rehabilitation and upgrades, likely with remote monitoring and/or hybridization using energy
management systems may be added as time allows.

Draft assessment documents will be submitted to ADB and PLN in English and Bahasa Indonesia for review.
14 days will be allowed for comments from ADB and PLN, and final (revised) documentation, incorporating
comments from ADB and PLN will be submitted in Bahasa Indonesia and English (See Table 1 below for
indicative schedule). Interim site-specific reports may be circulated for indicative review as completed.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output

Technical assessment report for each PLTS, following the NZMATES template example and including (at least):
• Characterisation the PLTS, including root cause of failure analysis and current status
as well as identification of nearby assets for potential hybridization;
• Summary of land ownership agreement;
• Refurbishment / upgrading engineering and configuration options analysis, considering lithium-ion
storage solutions, site-specific load scenarios, energy manage system upgrades, LCOE, O&M requirements,
and others;
• Estimated financial resources required for remediation, propose timelines, and budgets for
rehabilitation as well as O&M;
• Financial valuation, according to MOF’s standard procedures for either cost-based or market value;
• Advise for responsible decommissioning of old and broken battery banks, as needed;
• Recommendations for tendering of new equipment;
• Recommendations O&M good practices and drafting of procedures, as relevant;

In design work, prioritize:
• Cost-effective components from a lifecycle perspective, which does not include lead-acid batteries;
• Remote monitoring and weather module systems that integrate easily with PLNs UP3 or UIW software systems;
• Financial planning for future replacement of equipment and end-of life strategies;
• New configuration options considering different storage technologies, additional solar capacities, and new technologies for remote monitoring and hybridization using energy management systems and weather
• Opportunities for the inclusion of local contractors and communities involvement to jointly
collaborate in the project delivery;
• Sizing of projects that account for immediate energy demands as well as future growth; and
• Post-delivery of projects needs to ensure local management and technical capabilities are supported
and adequate supply chains are established.

The following reports will be submitted by the consultant, in close consultation with PLN EBT and PR-KAL
and PR-MP, within the specified delivery period:
(i) Inception Report: within 5 days after mobilization; will include a detailed work plan and site-
visit schedule to accomplish the specified tasks.
(ii) Progress Report: monthly; will include implementation progress, including updated work plan,
activities and personnel schedule to be submitted to PLN and ADB in the first week of each month.
(iii) Draft Final Report; The Final Report will include approximate total costs and timelines. In the
final report, data per asset shall be compiled in a tabular form. The report shall include a description
of the methodological approach, challenges and gaps in information, the analysis performed, and any
observations that should be taken in account while using the results or rehabilitating the assets. The
report will inform details of the land ownership status and agreement for each asset. Individual PLTS
technical assessments should be in included as appendices.

Report structure and tabular details should follow the sample developed by NZMATES in close coordination
with PLN. Full list of PLTS will be shared with consultant to be evaluated.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

The consultant should have extensive experience and knowledge in (i) design, development and deployment
of solar PV in remote locations; (ii) institutional, financial, commercial, and social (including gender
dimensions) aspects of solar PV energy development; (iii) renewable energy development in Southeast
Asia, preferably in Indonesia; and (iv) PLN operations. The consultant will be expected to have
consultations with PLN staff at central headquarters in Jakarta as well as in the field. The consultant
will work with local ESDM and PLN offices to consult with local stakeholders, as needed.

Consultants should have a university degree in relevant fields, preferably at higher degree and at least
8 years relevant professional experience in the renewable sector including off-grid electrification
and/or rural community-based development. The expert should have a good knowledge of energy sector
operations in Indonesia and should be fluent in spoken and written English to enable effective communication.

Minimum General Experience 10 Years
Minimum Specific Experience (relevant to assignment) 8 Years
Regional/Country Experience Required

Schedule and Places of Assignment (chronological and inclusive of travel)

Schedule Type Intermittent
Max. Working Days/Week Home Office 5 Field 6

City and Country Working Days Estimated Start Date Estimated End Date
Home Office, Other 55 01-Mar-2020 06-May-2020
Jakarta, Indonesia 23 07-May-2020 08-Jun-2020
Other City, Indonesia 10 09-Jun-2020 31-Aug-2020 West Kalimantan

Total 88

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