ITDC India ePress/PR 24x7 press release: Ahmedabad, Adani Green Energy Ltd (AGEL) has extended its Construction Financing Framework to USD 1.64 Bnby raising a USD 288Mnfacility for its under-construction renewable asset portfolio through definitive agreements signed with a group of leading international lenders. The facility will initially finance the 450 MW hybrid portfolio of solar and wind renewable projectsthat AGEL is settingup in Rajasthan, India.In March 2021, AGEL had closeda USD 1.35 Bn construction revolver facility in one of Asia’s largest project financing deals.
According to the definitive agreements, 7 international banks –BNPParibas,Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.,Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.,MUFG Bank, Ltd., SocieteGenerale, Standard Chartered Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation – committed for the facility which isa certified green hybrid project loan. Theextended pool of liquidity strengthens AGEL’s strategy to fast-track the development of its under-constructionasset portfolio in sync with accelerating the energy transition.
“The construction facility is the key ingredient of AGEL’s capital management plan, enabling us to deliver on our focus on decarbonizing power generation” said MrVneet S Jaain, MD &CEO, AGEL. “Weare committed to sustainable growth and to catalyzingenergy transition.AGEL has set a target of achieving 45 GW renewable energy capacity by 2030, representing 10% of the Govt of India’s 450GW countrywide renewable energy target. Our development agenda is in sync with overall capital stewardship maintained through our capital management philosophy focused on sustainable growth.”
Underpinning AGEL’s infrastructure development is the project excellence framework that follows the highest standard of due diligence covering all international standard Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) aspects.AGEL is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has incorporated them into the Strategic Pillars of its ESG Strategy. AGEL’s sustainability roadmap is aligned with the goals of ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services and to substantially increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
The Facility is also certified by Second Party Opinion providerISS ESGbased on AGEL’s sustainable strategy, alignment with Green Loan Principles and sustainability quality of the asset pool,with ‘very high’transparency standardsand significant contributions to SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) and SDG 13 (climate action). As per the assessment, AGEL shows a high sustainability performance on key ESG issues in the Renewable Energy industry,representing the highest relative ESG performance.
Standard Chartered Bank acted as Mandated Lead Arranger, Bookrunner (MLAB), Documentation Bank and E&S Co-Ordinator bank. MUFG Bank, Ltd., and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation acted as MLABs, jointly acted as Co-Technical Advisors and Co-Green Loan Advisors. Further, BNP Paribas,Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.,Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. and SocieteGeneraleeach acted as MLABs for the Facility.
Among other partners, Latham & Watkins LLP and Saraf & Partners were the borrower’s counsel. The lenders’ counsel were Linklaters and Cyril AmarchandMangaldas.
About Adani Green Energy Limited
Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL), a part of India-based Adani Group, has one of the world’s largest renewable portfolios, with locked-in growth of 20.3 GW across operational, under-construction, awarded and acquired assets, catering to investment-grade counterparties. The company develops, builds, owns, operates and maintains utility-scale grid-connected solar and wind farm projects. Key customers of AGEL include Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and various State Discoms. Listed in 2018, AGEL today is a USD 38 Bn market cap company helping India meet its sustainability goals. Mercom Capital, the US-based think tank recently ranked Adani Group as the #1 global solar power generation asset owner.AGEL has also been recognized as Global Sponsor of the Year as awared by Project Finance International (PFI), acknowledging AGEL as a key driver of energy transition and acknowledged to be on track to become the largest renewable energy generator in the world. This renewable asset portfolio through definitive agreements Adani’s AGEL is a helping our Green Donor movement in India.