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Draft Tariff Norms Spark Worries Over Power Grid, NTPC Earnings

According to reports, stocks of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. and NTPC Ltd. have fallen 3-7 percent over the past month on fears that the government may bring down regulated returns for conventional utilities. The fears stem from the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (CERC) draft tariff guidelines on renewables that propose to lower the regulated post-tax rate of return to 14 percent from 15.5 percent now, according to a report by Kotak Institutional Equities. The market fears a similar ... Read More »

Canadian Solar to deliver 80MW in India

Canadian Solar has secured power purchase agreements totalling 80MW with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The power will be delivered from projects awarded to Canadian Solar under a 450MW solar capacity tender in the state of Maharashtra. The projects are scheduled to start operations in late 2017. Canadian Solar chairman and chief executive Shawn Qu said: “This investment adds to our India pipeline that stands at 110MW.” Read More »

Trai extends industry feedback deadlines again on ways to cut telco carbon emissions

According to reports, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has for a second time extended the deadlines for stakeholder comments and counter-comments on its discussion paper on ways to reduce carbon emissions in the telecom industry and computing carbon footprint in mobile networks. The telecom regulator has now sought comments on the discussion paper by April 3 and counter-comments by April 17. It had originally sought comments and counter-comments by February 13 and February 27 respectively, and had initially ... Read More »

Greenko Group eyes Bhoruka Power’s clean energy portfolio

According to reports, Greenko Group is looking to acquire hydro and wind power producer Bhoruka Power Corp. Ltd’s renewable energy portfolio of 310 megawatts (MW). L&T Infrastructure Finance Co. Ltd holds an equity stake worth Rs350 crore in Bhoruka Power, which currently operates 110MW of hydropower capacity, 170MW of wind capacity and 30MW of solar capacity in Karnataka, Rajasthan and Haryana, and is building a 200MW wind farm in Karnataka. This comes against the backdrop of Greenko Energies Pvt. Ltd, ... Read More »

Actis sets aside $500 million for renewable energy projects in India

According to reports, private equity fund Actis Capital, which has just completed raising $2.75 billion, has earmarked $500 million for investing in India’s wind and solar projects, according to industry sources. Actis completed its fourth energy fund a couple of days back. It had targeted $2 billion, but ended up with $2.75 billion upon oversubscription. In a press release, Actis’s Partner and Co-head of energy business, Mikael Karlsson, notes that “as the leading growth market investor in the energy sector, ... Read More »

Renewable energy firm Bhoruka Power in talks to raise $120m

According to reports, Hydro and wind power producer Bhoruka Power Corp. Ltd is looking to raise about $120 million in equity investment and use the money to increase renewable energy capacity to 1 gigawatt (GW) by 2020, said managing director S. Chandrasekhar. Bengaluru-based Bhoruka Power, which currently has 310MW of hydro, wind and solar power capacity, has hired an investment bank, and negotiations with potential investors are at an advanced stage, Chandrasekhar said over the phone on Tuesday. He declined to ... Read More »

SunEdison to sell stakes in TerraForm yielcos to Canada’s Brookfield

According to reports, SunEdison Inc. took a major step forward in its bankruptcy reorganization, agreeing to relinquish control of its two yieldco units to Canada’s biggest alternative asset manager and clearing up some of the litigation brought by the affiliates. Brookfield Asset Management Inc. agreed to increase its stake in TerraForm Power Inc. to 51%, acquiring the additional shares at $11.46 each, according to a statement on Tuesday. That would give the yieldco a market value of $1.7 billion. The ... Read More »

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