Radiance Renewables Secures Green Loan Facility for 150 MW Solar Project

Highlights :

  • The transaction of ~USD 90 million is the first Green Loan by a C&I renewable energy
    generation company in India and reaffirms Radiance Renewable’s leadership position in the space.
    * The debt facility would finance development of a 150 MW (AC) project to supply solar energy to a global data center player with operations in the state of Maharashtra.
Radiance Renewables Secures Green Loan Facility for 150 MW Solar Project Radiance Renewables Secures Green Loan Facility for 150 MW Solar Project

EverSource Capital-backed Radiance Renewables Pvt. Ltd. has become the first commercial & industrial (C&I) renewable energy player in India to secure a green loan project finance facility for its 150 MW (AC) greenfield C&I solar power project located in Maharashtra.

The facility will provide the necessary financing for the 150 MW (AC) solar project located in
Maharashtra. Towards this ambition, Radiance Renewables, through its subsidiary, has entered into an Energy Supply Agreement with a large global data center firm with operations in Maharashtra (consumer) to supply solar energy to the consumer’s data centers in the state for the next 25 years.

The project will be delivered in two phases, with the first phase of 50 MW (AC) already nearing
completion. Financial closure, through definitive agreements, has already been achieved for both
phases of the project.

Radiance Renewables secured the green loan project finance facility of approximately $90
million, which was jointly arranged by Axis Bank Limited and Standard Chartered Bank. Standard
Chartered Bank acted as the sole green loan coordinator, aligning the transaction with the Loan
Market Association’s Green Loan Principles and ensuring compliance with IFC Performance
Standards and Equator Principles. Axis Bank Limited acted as the Escrow Bank in the transaction. Catalyst Trusteeship Services Limited acted as the Facility Agent and Security Trustee for the transaction.

Speaking about the development, Manikkan Sangameswaran, Executive Director, Radiance
Renewables, said, “We are thrilled to announce that Radiance Renewables has once again
proven its track record of achieving financial closure for under-construction C&I projects on time.
This development underlines the strong process-oriented approach, ESG & HSE focus, and
implementation ability of the company. We have more than 15 lenders in our portfolio.”

Khaitan & Co. acted as the lender’s legal counsel, while Luthra and Luthra served as the
borrower’s counsel. Tractebel Engineering Private Limited played the role of the lender’s
technical advisor and India Insure Risk Management and Insurance Broking Services served as the lender’s insurance agent.

The financial closure of the transaction is among the largest single-ticket transactions in
the C&I segment. Radiance Renewables Private Limited is a 100% subsidiary of India’s largest climate fund managed by EverSource Capital, with cornerstone investments from India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (“NIIF”) and the Foreign Commonwealth Development Organisation (“FCDO”) of the UK Government.

Radiance Renewables claims that it is ranked among the top open access developers for C&I
market in India and has an operating capacity of nearly 500 MWp, with a target to increase its capacity to 2 GWp in the next three years.

Last year, EverSource Capital (EverSource), revealed investing in Lithium Urban Technologies Pvt Ltd. (Lithium) for a majority stake.

The idea of open access in Maharashtra has struck a chord with C&I customers. As on March 2023, the state boasted the installation of 1037 MW of solar open access capacity- the second largest cumulative capacity of the kind in the country.

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