Greenko competing with Renew Power to acquire SkyPower

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Canadian solar energy developer SkyPower is in separate talks with Hyderabad-based Greenko Group and Delhi-based ReNew Power Ventures to sell the stake of its Indian solar projects, the Live Mint has reported.

Greenko seems aggressive in the market, with the developer competing against Hero Future Energies for the acquisition of Delhi-based Orange Renewables’ 758 MW solar portfolio.

Toronto-based SkyPower has commissioned and acquired a pipeline of over 25 GW worldwide. The US-based real estate and infrastructure investment firm CIM Group owns a majority stake in SkyPower, which was awarded 35 0MW of solar projects in Telangana and Madhya Pradesh in the first half of 2017.

This year, India’s renewable sector has witnessed many consolidations. However, until now not many deals have been finalized due to the difference in valuations.

Still, both Indian developers are looking to strengthen their renewable portfolio. ReNew Power has been investigating ways to ramp up its portfolio before a proposed initial share sale. It has around 3.5 GW of operational and under-construction capacity from its wind and solar projects and has set a target of over 11 GW of wind and solar power capacity over the next five years.

Further, Greenko, backed by Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC Holdings Pte. and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, is planning a $750 million equity investment for buying energy assets. It currently has over 2.7 GW of operating capacity with plans to achieve 3 GW capacity by December. The firm plans to reach 5 GW capacity by 2019.