Bhutan: Renewable Energy for Climate Resilience Project

The project will finance the construction of one solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant located in central-west Bhutan with a minimum total capacity of 17.38 megawatt peak (MWp). This will be the first utility scale alternative renewable power plant in the country and the first step to diversify the generation portfolio of Bhutan’s hydropower dominated energy sector, creating system change and building resilience against adverse climate change impacts on the power sector. The project will strengthen the institutional capacity of the Department of Renewable Energy (DRE) on solar and wind power project design, operation and maintenance and renewables grid integration. In addition, the project will provide learning opportunities and promote energy sector career paths to students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) streams, with special attention to female students.