Indo-French partnership expands to RE
In order to contribute to the growth of solar power generation in India and as a part of its strategy to develop renewable energies, French energy heavyweight Total is expanding its partnership through a US$500 million transaction with Adani Group.
Total and Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL), a subsidiary of Adani Group, will create a 50:50 joint venture into which AGEL will transfer its solar assets in operation of 2 gigawatt (GW) in 11 Indian states.
This transaction has a value of approximately US$500 million as it takes 50% of the 2 GW through the joint venture in line with the Group’s objective of double-digit returns on renewable projects. It remains subject to the approval of the relevant authorities.
All the projects benefit from nearly 25-year power purchase agreements (PPA) with national and regional electricity distributors, with a fixed rate.
“Total is fully engaged in the energy transition and to supporting India, a key country in the fight against climate change, in diversifying its energy mix through partnerships in natural gas and now in solar energy,” said Total Chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné.
“This interest in over 2 GW of solar projects represents another big step of our investment in India’s energy sector. It will support our ambition to contribute to the deployment of 25 GW of renewable capacities by 2025.
“We are thrilled to extend the partnership with the Adani Group to renewable energies, which will allow us to benefit from its in-depth knowledge of the Indian electricity market,” he said on 6 Feb 2020.
Indeed, the Indian government has a strong policy to support the renewable energy growth, noted Total in a release on 6 Feb 2020.
The country’s capacity should increase from its 81 gigawatts (GW) in 2019 to 225 GW by 2022.
Total integrates climate change into its strategy and is staying ahead of new energy market trends by building a portfolio of low-carbon businesses that could account for 15-20% of its sales by 2040. Total’s gross low-carbon power generation capacity worldwide is currently close to 7 gigawatts, of which over 3 gigawatts from renewable energies.
Total is a major energy player that produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity in more than 130 countries, our ambition is to become the responsible energy major.
AGEL is a listed company 74.92% owned by the Adani Group. As one of the leading private players in the Indian renewables market, AGEL currently holds a portfolio of 2,148 MW of installed solar capacity and 172 MW of installed wind capacity. They also have 475 MW of solar capacity and 1,505 MW of wind and 990 MW of hybrid under construction. fiinews.com