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Total to invest $510 m for 50% stake in Adani’s solar biz

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on February 06, 2020 Published on February 06, 2020

French energy major Total Gas & Power Business Services will invest $510 million to acquire a 50 per cent stake in Adani’s solar business, thereby giving a push to its renewable energy portfolio.

As part of the deal, a joint venture company will house 2,148 MW of operating solar projects which are now 100 per cent owned by Adani Green Energy Ltd (AGEL). The balance 50 per cent stake in the JV will be held by AGEL.

The solar portfolio is spread across 11 States in India. This development follows a deal in October wherein Total acquired a 37.4 per cent stake in Adani Gas for ₹5,700 crore.

Potential in renewables

Adani Group Chairman, Gautam Adani, said in a statement that the investment reinforces the immense potential in India’s renewable energy sector, as well as Adani Group’s push to becoming the world’s largest solar power company by 2025 with a capacity of 18 GW and the biggest renewable energy firm by 2030.

AGEL has a renewable portfolio of 5,290 MW, of which 2,320 MW is operational and 2,970 MW is under construction in the first half of fiscal 2020. In the projects under construction portfolio, wind energy (which tends to be more capital-intensive than solar), constitutes 50.7 per cent of the mix. The total project cost for this is estimated at ₹14,400 crore.

“Although 56 per cent of the portfolio is under construction, construction risk in solar and wind projects is relatively lower, given the short construction period and low technological challenges,” according to India Ratings.

Solar assets

Apart from the ongoing greenfield projects, AGEL has also acquired 205 MW of operating solar assets of Essel Green Energy Private Ltd and Essel Infraprojects Ltd. The total acquisition cost was ₹1,300 crore with a debt of ₹940 crore, which AGEL would refinance. The assets, located in Punjab, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh with State distribution companies, have long-term power purchase agreements with an average tariff of ₹7.0/kWh, and reported an average plant load factor (PLF) of 17-18 per cent till October 2018.

With this deal, AGEL is also looking to reduce its debt, which in August 2019 was around ₹11,000 crore and simultaneosly fund its large pipeline of renewable energy projects. AGEL’s operational projects are expected to generate free cash flow in the range of ₹3,000-3,200 crore by fiscal 2022.

 

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Published on February 06, 2020
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