IFC, Helion Advisors and Foundation Capital to invest
Mumbai, March 22, 2010: Azure Power, the developer and owner of India's
first privately operated, utility scale, solar power plant, today announced
the close of their Series B investment. Helion Advisors and Foundation
Capital who provided Azure's Series A funding in September 2008 and IFC, a
member of the Word Bank Group participated in this round.
* Azure Power is India's first and leading MW scale private
Independent Power Producer in Solar Energy, with an already operating MW
scale solar power plant and several under development in the country.
* With IFC, a member of the World Bank Group leading the investment,
the current investors Helion Advisors and Foundation Capital have also
invested in the Series B round.
* Azure will use the investment proceeds to build, own and operate
several MW scale Solar Power Plants and continue to expand its project
pipeline across the country.
For IFC, this is the first solar project investment under the newly established cleantech investment program, in addition to being their first cleantech investment in
Azure Power is the recipient of the first direct investment from IFC in
megawatt scale grid-connected solar power project sector, said Anita George,
IFC Infrastructure Director for Asia. This is also IFC's first cleantech
investment in South Asia and will go a long way in contributing to the
development of the solar power generation sector in India. Under its
cleantech investment program, IFC combined its early stage equity investment
expertise and global industry knowledge to support Azure Power's market
leading cleantech innovations for positive climate change impact and energy
For Helion, this is the first portfolio investment in Renewable Energy and
Foundation Capital is a leading investor in clean technology companies.
Speaking about the investment, Sanjeev Agarwal, Managing Partner, Helion,
said "We at Helion view Renewable Energy as a very exciting investment
opportunity. Apart to the potential for high growth, the sector,
particularly Solar Energy, presents the opportunity for making a difference
to the lives of millions in the country who have thus far not seen or seen
very little of electricity.
Azure Power brings something that is rare in the
industry; the actual experience of setting up, owning and running a solar
power plant. This first mover advantage, I am sure will keep them in good
stead as they continue their aggressive growth plans". "Azure Power is a
clear market leader in solar energy" said Ashmeet Sidana, General Partner at
Foundation Capital. "We believe the company's innovative technology and
model for bringing clean, affordable energy to its customers will be a
powerful combination as they help to solve India's growing need for
"Azure's Series B funding by world's leading clean technology and
infrastructure investors IFC, Helion Advisors and Foundation Capital, is a
clear recognition of the potential of MW scale solar power generation in
India and Azure's market leading role in Solar IPP space in the South Asian
region. We have developed a strong pipeline across several states in India
and have very aggressive plans to add distributed generation capacity. It
won't be too long before Solar Power transitions from the most promising
renewable to the most credible renewable source for managing the peak power
loads in the region as well as improve the livelihood of communities in
rural India." said Inderpreet S Wadhwa, Chief Executive Officer, Azure
Over the next 12 months, Azure plans to implement several MW scale solar
power plants across the country. The plants, once fully operational, will
produce clean energy; result in avoidance of CO2 emissions and supply
regular power to a large number of households. In addition to Punjab, Azure
Power has already inked agreements with Governments of Gujarat, Haryana and
Karnataka and is also in talks with State Governments in West Bengal,
Maharashtra and Rajasthan.
India suffers from serious power shortages (an energy deficit of 11%) and
poor reliability of supply. Almost a third of the population does not have
access to electricity. This low availability of power is critically
hampering the country's industrial growth and competitiveness. Solar Power
can make a difference because it is most abundantly available during the
time of peak power loads. The timing of the funding assumes significance, as
it comes at a time when the country is embarking on an ambitious 20,000 MW
National Solar Mission by Year 2020.
About Azure Power
Azure Power is an independent solar power producer and the first private
sector company to implement a megawatt scale grid connected solar
photo-voltaic power plant in India. Azure Power's team has decades of
experience building industry-leading companies, executing complex
infrastructure projects, and financing high-growth enterprises.
Azure Power creates innovative solutions to deliver solar energy to its utility,
government, and commercial customers. By providing solar energy as a
service, Azure Power manages entire project process for their customers, by
reducing the upfront and ongoing operational costs and management.