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9 August 2017 2017 09:45 AM GMT

IDFC Alternatives Fund Acquires Solar Projects Totaling 190MW From First Solar

India Infrastructure Fund II (which is represented by its Investment Manager, IDFC Alternatives Limited) through its wholly owned subsidiary Vector Green Energy Private Limited, has entered into definitive agreements with First Solar Power India Private Limited, First Solar FE Holdings Pte Ltd, and their affiliates (“First Solar Group”) for the complete acquisition of seven operating solar projects owned and operated by the First Solar Group in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana aggregating to a capacity of 190 MW AC. All the solar projects utilise First Solar’s advanced CdTe (Cadmium Telluride) based thin film modules, one of the most environmentally friendly PV technologies, and sell the power generated to state utilities, under long term power purchase agreements. The transaction of the solar projects is subject to customary regulatory approvals and other conditions precedents.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Aditya Aggarwal, Partner, IDFC Alternatives leading the renewable initiative said “We are pleased at the prospect of adding First Solar’s operating solar projects to India Infrastructure Fund II’s renewable energy platform Vector Green Energy Private Limited. Consistent with its stated strategy of aggregating operating renewable assets, IIF II is well on its way to achieving an installed base of 400-450 MW of operating renewable assets by the end of the current financial year.”

Mr. Sujoy Ghosh, Country Head, for First Solar India, said, “This is an important milestone for our company’s development activities in India. We are able to demonstrate the ability to recycle capital, by creating a portfolio of de-risked assets that demonstrate predictable and reliable cash flows and thereby create value for sophisticated financial investors like IDFC Alternatives.

IDFC Alternatives is one of India’s largest alternatives fund manager with AUM of USD 3.4 billion. It was founded in 2002 and manages 9 India dedicated funds across 3 asset classes: Private Equity, Infrastructure and Real Estate with a dedicated and experienced team of 37 investment professionals. IDFC Alternatives is a wholly owned subsidiary of IDFC Limited.

India Infrastructure Fund II has established Vector Green Energy Private Limited as the operating cum holding company for its control investments in the renewable energy sector. IIF II plans to aggregate controlling stakes in operating capacities under Vector Green’s experienced technical team.

First Solar Power India Private Limited is a fully owned subsidiary of First Solar Inc., a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling and operations of solar projects, First Solar claims that its renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment.

Image: Courtesy of First Solar

August 9th 2017
IDFC Alternatives Fund Acquires Solar Projects Totaling 190MW From First Solar

India Infrastructure Fund II (IIF II), represented by its investment manager, IDFC Alternatives Limited, one of India’s largest alternatives fund managers, is to acquire seven operating solar projects owned and operated by the First Solar Group in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana aggregating to a capacity of 190 MW. All the projects utilise First Solar’s advanced CdTe (Cadmium Telluride) based thin film modules, one of the most environmentally friendly PV technologies, and sell the power generated to state utilities, under long term power purchase agreements. Aditya Aggarwal, Partner, IDFC Alternatives stated that “consistent with its stated strategy of aggregating operating renewable assets, IIF II is well on its way to achieving an installed base of 400-450 MW of operating renewable assets by the end of the current financial year.”

August 17th 2017
Siemens Gamesa Installs Asia’s Tallest Turbines, Whilst Stepping Up Integration

Siemens Gamesa has set a new record in Asia by installing this year the tallest wind turbines on the continent. The turbines are equipped with 153-metre tall towers, and with the 56-metre blades, they reach a total height of 210 metres. Presently, a major focus for the company is the integration of the entities of Siemens and Gamesa. This has the objective of realising the new company’s substantial potential, thanks to its bigger scale and global reach: a presence in more than 90 countries, an installed base of 75 GW, and an order book of €21bn.

August 9th 2017
35% Of German Electricity Consumption Now From Renewables: Grid Challenges Ahead

The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) have stated in an initial assessment that electricity generated from clean energy accounted for 35% of Germany’s consumption in 1H 2017. It’s the first time that this mark has been reached. The total share of electricity generated from renewables was up 2% from last year. The growth from onshore wind was 13.6%; offshore wind saw the steepest growth at 47.5%; growth from biomass increased by 2.2%, whilst the growth from PV systems was 13.5%, compared with the 1H 2016.