IREDA to Get ₹1,500 Cr Equity Infusion to Boost RE Financing

Highlights :

The equity infusion is expected to help accomplish the following:

  • Employment generation of approximately 10200 jobs-year
  • CO2 equivalent emission reduction of approximately 7.49 Million tonnes CO2/year

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the equity infusion of Rs.1500 crore in Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA).

This equity infusion will help in employment generation of approximately 10200 jobs-year and CO2 equivalent emission reduction of approximately 7.49 Million tonnes CO2/year, said an official statement by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

The statement claims that the additional equity infusion of Rs.1500 crore by Government of India will enable IREDA to achieve the following:

  • To lend Rs.12000 crore approximately to the RE sector, thus facilitate the debt requirement of renewable energy of additional capacity of approximately 3500-4000 MW.
  • To enhance its net worth which will help it in additional renewable energy financing, thus contributing better to the Government of India targets for renewable energy.
  • To improve the capital-to-risk weighted assets ratio (CRAR) to facilitate its lending and borrowing operations.

Pardip Kumar Das, CMD, IREDA said, ‘’Despite pandemic situation, IREDA has reported all-time high annual Profit Before Tax (PBT) of Rs. 570 crore rupees in FY 2020-21 and all-time high half-yearly Profit After Tax (PAT) of Rs. 299.90 crores in FY 2021-22. With the collective and focussed efforts of team IREDA, we are quite confident to achieve five-times growth target in next five years.”
“IREDA has been rated ‘Excellent’ for the MoU of FY 2020-21 with a score of 96.93, which was ‘Fair’ in FY 2019-20 with a score of 45.83. This truly indicates IREDA’s ability to translate a global pandemic situation into an opportunity and adaptability to manage unforeseen transition. Therefore, IREDA is geared-up for its IPO in near future,” Das added.

IREDA, a mini ratna (Category-1) company under the administrative control of MNRE, was set up in 1987 to work as a specialised non-banking finance agency for the Renewable Energy (RE) sector. IREDA, with more than 34 years of techno-commercial expertise, plays a catalytic role in the RE project financing which gives confidence to the FIs/banks to lend in the sector, says the agency.

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