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Experts to Provide Solar PV Capacity building and Training

Experts to Provide Solar PV Capacity building and Training for the

Electricity Authority of Cambodia

Abt Associates, a global leader in technical assistance, program implementation and international development, is seeking experts (on behalf of the Electricity Authority of Cambodia or EAC) facilitated by the USAID Clean Power Asia program. Consultants identified will provide training for the EAC in Cambodia focused on regulatory issues related to grid-scale solar PV and distributed PV. Local or regional consultants are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

The purpose of USAID Clean Power Asia is to accelerate the regional transition to high performing, low carbon power sector. The Activity will assist the governments of the Lower Mekong and other developing countries in Asia in energy planning and help establish effective policy, regulatory, and technical environment for low-emissions growth in the power sector, while simultaneously attracting public- and private-sector investment in Renewable Energy (RE) development.

 

The program will initially focus on the four Lower Mekong (LM) countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam, but may expand into Myanmar (Burma), and later to Indonesia and the Philippines on a limited and strategic basis. It will also include activities on the ASEAN regional level.

 

Expressions of Interest

Firms or individual consultants interested in providing the required services are required to submit the following documents by COB Friday April 21st:

  • Letter explaining how the consultant’s(s’) experience and expertise matches the requirements of the scope
  • CVs of proposed consultant(s)
  • Draft budget

 

Background

The Electricity Authority of Cambodia (EAC) has received a grant from the Asian Development Bank for training. EAC and ADB have asked the USAID Clean Power Asia project to assist in finalizing an initial training plan with existing funds, to be focused in immediate needs related to regulation related to renewable energy, and specifically solar energy. Training on all issues (technical, procedures, incentives, regulatory) on solar power systems has become necessary and urgent. Hence EAC proposes that the training on solar power systems be provided by using the funds available under an ADB grant. The training will be organized at EAC’s offices in Cambodia.

 

EAC staff require greater and broader knowledge to better understand their role as regulator in the context of RE and specifically solar energy, both grid-scale and distributed PV. The EAC has identified the following knowledge and skills as required to support their immediate actions to support investment in solar energy in Cambodia:

 

  1. Managing electricity supply which includes variable RE technology (i.e. forecasting loads, system operations, etc.)
  2. Establishing, developing and monitoring installation standards and interconnection and operational standards for RE including PV to ensure safety and performance
  3. Creating the appropriate regulatory environment for RE (including grid access and regulatory incentives), including appropriate subsidies and tariffs to promote rooftop solar PV and other RE. How these regulations promote private investment.
  4. Developing regulations governing rooftop PV (including permitting and licensing issues)
  5. Integrating RE into grid. High level training

 

A total of four training courses are recommended based on the self-assessment done by EAC and their priority topics. It is anticipated that the training topics as prioritized by EAC can be accomplished in 14 days total training time and would be spread out over the period April – December 2017, recognizing that training cannot take place consecutively given other commitments and absorptive capacity of the trainees. The four proposed training courses include:

 

Course 1: Grid Access for the Private Sector: Role of Regulatory Incentives, Subsidies, and Tariffs. The target audience for this training is RE Managers, Senior Staff, and Junior Staff at EAC (20-25 max) and is expected to be delivered over 5 days in June, 2017.

 

Expertise required: Regulatory expert or economist

 

Course 2: DPV Regulatory Requirements: focused on Licensing and Tariffs, Supply, Generation and Transmission issues related to DPV. The target audience for this training is Managers, Senior Staff,  and Junior Staff at EAC (20-25 max) and is expected to be delivered over 3 days in June or July 2017.

 

Expertise required: Regulatory expert or economist.

Course 3: Course 3: Installation and Interconnection Standards for RE: focused on technical issues related to Transmission and Distribution. The target audience for this training is Managers, Senior Staff, and Junior Staff at EAC (20-25 max) and is expected to be delivered over 3 days in August 2017.

 

Expertise required: Technical regulatory expert or engineer with specific expertise related to installation and interconnection standards for transmission and distribution.

Course 4: Managing electricity supply with VRE - the Role of the Regulator: focused on Supply, Generation, and Transmission issues related to adding more variable renewable energy (VRE), e.g. solar and wind, into the electricity system and grid. The target audience for this training is Managers, Senior Staff, Junior Staff at EAC (20-25 max) and is expected to be delivered over 3 days in October 2017.

 

Expertise required: Technical regulatory expert or engineer with specific expertise related to integrating variable renewable energy into the grid.

Qualifications of Proposed Resource Persons to Deliver Training

The following describes the qualifications of the two required experts, i.e. a regulatory expert/economist and a regulatory expert/engineer:

Qualifications – Regulatory Expert/Economist

  • At least a Master’s degree in engineering, economics, public policy, or related disciplines with 10 years’ experience or a Bachelor’s degree with 15 years of experience.
  • Ten to 15 years’ experience (as noted above) focused on regulatory incentives, subsidies, tariffs, and licensing focused on solar PV (both grid scale and distributed PV)
  • Experience designing and delivering training in the proposed topics.
  • Fluency in English is required.

Qualifications – Regulatory Expert/Engineer

  • At least a Master’s degree in engineering or other related technical discipline with 10 years’ experience or a Bachelor’s degree with 15 years of experience.
  • Ten to 15 years’ experience (as noted above) focused on installation and interconnection standards, as well as conducting variable renewable energy grid integration studies, and other technical issues related to connecting solar PV and DPV to the grid.
  • Fluency in English is required.

 

Proposed Budget

A draft budget for the project is to be submitted with the expression of interest in the following format.

Remuneration and Reimbursable Expenses

Name

Inputs

Unit

Rate

Amount

Total

International

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Name xxxxx

Lumpsum

 

 

 

Xxx

Item Code and Name

Qty

Unit

Rate

Amount

Total

1156

International Per Diem Lumpsum

xx

Day

151

 

Xx

1172

International Air Travel

xx

r/t

xx

 

Xx

1183

Car rental or taxis

xx

Day

xx

 

Xx

 

Misc. Travel Expenses Lumpsum

xx

r/t

xx

 

Xx

 

Workshops – Labor per

xx

Workshops

xx

 

Xx

 

Reports/materials

xx

Pc.

xx

 

Xx

1194

Contingency

 

 

 

 

Xx

Maximum Contract Payment

 

 

 

 

Xx

 

 

How to Apply:

Firms and individuals are required to submit a letter of interest addressing qualifications of proposed consultants, CVs (indicating which position they are intended to fill), and proposed budget to  Expressions of interest must be submitted by Friday April 21st at 5 pm Bangkok time.

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