Waaree Energies to raise $100 million : Report

16th Mar 17,  Jodhpur, Rajasthan

aaree Energies has been looking to raise funds. EY Advisory, Auditing & Business Consulting Firm is running the process

Waaree Energies

India's one of the largest module manufacturer, Waaree Energies has reportedly appointed EY - Advisory, Auditing & Business Consulting Firm to raise a fund of USD 100 million.

A close source to the company speaking to Live Mint said "Waaree Energies has been looking to raise funds. EY is running the process."

Waaree's fundraising effort comes at a time when India's solar sector reached record low tariff levels in the auction conducted at the Rewa Solar Park in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Module prices are expected tumble down further in 2017.

Another source aware of the development said the publication that Waaree Energies are trying to raise around $100 million.

India's solar power generation capacity has crossed 10,000 megawatt (MW), a more than three-time jump in less than three years as government pushes for renewable energy sources to meet galloping demand. The milestone came as NTPC Ltd, India's largest power producer, commissioned a 45 MW solar power project at Bhadla in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

India solar power generation capacity stood at 2,650 MW on May 26, 2014. As much as 14,000 MW (or 14 GW) of solar projects are currently under development and about 6 GW is to be auctioned soon. In 2016, about 4 GW of solar capacity was added, the fastest pace till date. According to power ministry estimates, another 8.8 GW capacity is likely to be added in 2017, including about 1.1 GW of rooftop solar installations. Government is targeting 100 GW of solar and 60 GW of wind energy capacity by 2022. Total renewable energy generation capacity is envisaged at 175 GW by 2022.

Government is working on a policy to boost large-scale solar equipment production facilities and make domestic manufacturing of solar power generation equipment competitive vis--vis other countries such as China.

Solar module prices are expected to continue declining in 2017 as global supply continues to exceed demand. As the largest supplier and installer of solar module, China will continue to drive global pricing. The country's demand is expected to be up to 20% lower than in 2016 - as against a record 34 GW of installations in 2016, it is expected to add only about 28 GW in 2017 - putting downward pressure on prices said Bridge to India in its latest report.