Engie secures ADB loan for 400MW  solar project in India

9 July 2024
Engie secures ADB loan for 400MW  solar project in India

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has finalised a long-term loan arrangement with Engie for the development and operation of a 400MW solar power facility in India.

This financial support aligns with the Indian government’s objective of at least 500GW of non-fossil fuel energy capacity by 2030.

Led by ADB as mandated lead arranger, the financing package totals Rs14.6bn ($175.9m).

The loan is equally divided between ADB and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, each contributing Rs7.3bn.

To be located in the Surendranagar district of Gujarat, the plant will generate an average of 805 gigawatt-hours (GWh) annually over 25 years.

This output will avoid 662,441 tonnes of CO₂ emissions annually.

Engie India CEO and country manager Amit Jain stated: “In collaboration with ADB, we’re bringing a landmark 400-megawatt solar project to Surendranagar, Gujarat, marking a significant stride in India’s clean energy journey.

Engie’s subsidiary, Enren Energy, will oversee the project implementation of the solar project. Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam is the sole purchaser of the generated electricity.

The Indian government has provisionally approved TUECO’s [the Tezpur University Employees’ Co-op Credit & Thrift Society, a joint venture between UJVN and THDC India] proposed coal-based thermal power plant in Uttarakhand, Indian news agency PTI has reported.