Yet another green bond issue is in the offing from an Indian entity.
NTPC Limited (formerly National Thermal Power Corporation) is planning to raise $500 million through a green bond issue. The company will also raised an additional $500 million through conventional rupee-denominated bonds.
The funds raised through these bond issues, certainly the green bond issue, are expected to be used for setting up the 10 GW solar power capacity that NTPC has pledged to contribute towards India’s target to achieved 100 GW solar power capacity by 2022.
NTPC has already started the process of adding large-scale solar power projects in variou states of the country. The company has been asked by the state governments of Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Madhya Pradesh to set up large-scale power projects for which it has issued tenders worth 1.25 GW solar PV power capacity. All these projects will use solar PV modules manufactured in India only.
The bond issue by NTPC would be among the first after the Indian government directed several of its enterprises and agencies to issue green bonds to raise funds to finance the ambitious renewable energy capacity addition targets. This year, Yes Bank (a private company) raised about $150 million and the Export-Import Bank of India raised $500 million through green bond issue.
Last month, at least 8 financial and infrastructure entities were asked to tap the green bonds market. Public sector entities like Rural Electrification Corporation, Power Finance Corporation, IDBI Bank, Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency, and private sector entities like India Infrastructure Finance Limited, and ICICI Bank have all been asked to issue green bonds.
India plans to increase its renewable energy capacity from current 35 GW to 175 GW by 2022. This includes fresh solar power capacity addition of 97 GW.