Enel joins the Indian solar gold rush

Jul 9, 2020 07:33 PM ET
  • The Italian utility, fresh from safeguarding its initial 300 MW of PV generation capability in the nation in a current, record-setting tender, has actually partnered with the state-owned Norwegian Investment Fund to devote to additional clean energy facilities in India.
Enel joins the Indian solar gold rush
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With British fossil fuel titan BP having dedicated to invest in Indian renewables, an additional signal the country's solar market is ready to attract huge international financial investment has shown up with a statement of intent from Italian energy Enel.

Italy's most significant power firm already has as well as operates 172 MW of wind generation capability in Gujarat and also Maharashtra and landed its very first solar task in the nation with a 300 MW piece of the latest round of the national tender program performed by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

With Spanish designer Solarpack having actually set a brand-new record low price for Indian solar of Rs2.36/ kWh because purchase exercise, Enel was amongst five overseas-financed designers to lodge successful proposals in a 2 GW tender which established an optimum solar toll of Rs2.38.

The energy, in which the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance holds a regulating risk, yesterday announced it has authorized a long-lasting arrangement with the state-owned Norwegian Investment Fund (Norfund) to establish more renewables capability in India.


Under the regards to the contract, the Enel Green Power India subsidiary of the power firm will establish clean power tasks in which Norfund will certainly have the alternative of buying return for an equity share. A news release issued by Enel yesterday to reveal the arrangement did not set any capacity targets or define a timeline for the commitment, nevertheless.

" This arrangement gives us the chance to broaden as well as strengthen our presence in India, after lately scoring our very first win in a solar tender in the country," claimed Antonio Cammisecra, CEO of the utility's Enel Green Power division. "By joining forces with an important companion such as Norfund, which shares our dedication in the direction of sustainability and also decarbonization, we will leverage on our technological competence to harness the significant renewable growth possibility of India, while adding to the success of the country's lasting power targets."

Historically-low rates of interest established by central banks in Europe and the U.S. have been more dispirited by the need to drum up financial investment to assist the recovery from Covid-19 in numerous countries. With solar developers from France and Germany among the successful prospective buyers in the current SECI tender-- and also 2 of the 3 Indian bids backed by U.S. exclusive and U.K. public money-- it appears the business situation for Indian solar may have reached a level sufficient to unlock big quantities of foreign direct investment as the nation chases after a progressively distant-looking 100 GW of solar generation ability by 2022.

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