For a 300 megawatts (MW) solar project that is being developed in Rajasthan, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) has announced the completion of a five-year syndicated financing deal of $163 million for Azure Power.
MUFG has also acted as the lead manager, hedging bank, facility agent, and bank issuing line of credit. With this latest transaction, MUFG has secured certification for a total renewable capacity of 2.6 gigawatts (GW) over the past six months.
The deal is also MUFG’s third renewable project financing, where it has acted as a green structuring advisor.
Colin Chen, Head of ESG Finance for Asia-Pacific, MUFG, said, “Having played leadership roles in a string of renewable project financings in India, we are even more convinced of the exciting prospects in the country’s renewables sector. We look forward to further harnessing our project financing and ESG expertise to support India’s sustainability aspirations.”
Last year, Azure had noted that financing for 1,290 MW of its projects under construction projects including the one in Assam 90 MW and 6 in Rajasthan 600 MW has debt funding in place. For this Azure banked on the commitment from EDC, Societe Generale, and MUFG Bank not only for debt funding of the Rajasthan 8 (SECI 300 MW) project, but also financing documentation and due diligence.
In March 2021, MUFG – with 11 other international banks – also committed $1.35 billion in debt package for Adani Green Energy’s under-construction renewable asset portfolio. It was one of the largest revolving project financing deals in the renewable sector in Asia. The finance facility would initially fund 1.69 GW of solar-wind hybrid projects being set up in Rajasthan.
Currently, Azure has 2 GW of operational solar capacity and 950 MW in the pipeline.
As per Mercom’s Q1 2021 Solar Funding and M&A Report, close to 7.4 GW of large-scale solar projects received funding in Q1 2021 with 67 investors that participated in deals. Announced large-scale project funding in Q1 came to $4.2 billion in 41 deals compared to $4.9 billion in 46 deals during Q4 2020. In a year-over-year comparison, $2.7 billion was raised in 31 deals in Q1 2020.
Earlier, independent solar power producer Azure Power Global had announced that it had signed a binding agreement to sell its non-core rooftop solar portfolio to Radiance Renewables for Rs5.36 billion.