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Warburg Pincus invests $100 million in CleanMax Solar

LiveMint logoLiveMint 13-07-2017 George Smith Alexander

Warburg Pincus, the New York-based private equity firm, invested $100 million in India’s largest rooftop solar developer CleanMax Solar, the company said in a statement.

CleanMax, which has about a quarter of India’s market for rooftop solar systems, will use the private equity investment to fund growth opportunities outside India and to improve product offerings, Kuldeep Jain, managing director of the renewable energy firm, said in the emailed statement. Warburg, which oversees more than $44 billion in private equity assets globally, did not disclose the stake it will hold after the investment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working to make renewables a major energy source with a solar energy target of 100 gigawatts by 2022, second only to China, enticing overseas investment. Under the Paris Agreement signed by more than 190 countries, India has promised to boost the amount of power coming from sources other than fossil fuels to 40 percent from about 30%.

Six-year-old CleanMax has a combined on-site capacity of 100 MW, which could go up to 250 MW in the year to 31 March, according to the statement. India’s installed rooftop solar capacity exceeded 1 GW, solar researcher Bridge reported in October. Rooftop solar costs have fallen 12% annually in the last four years. Bloomberg

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