German development finance institution Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), World Bank’s private-sector development arm International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Canadian pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), are exploring a sale of their stakes in Azure Power, India’s first renewable energy company to list on the US stock market.
New York Stock Exchange-listed Azure Power Global Ltd has a 3 gigawatts (GW) portfolio across 24 states in India. Founded in 2008, it had developed India’s first utility-scale solar project in the following year.
Ahead of Azure’s initial public offering (IPO), CDPQ had picked up a stake worth $75 million as part of a private placement.
Azure is also backed by IFC, venture capital fund Helion Venture Partners and DEG. In a first, Azure Power had raised $500 million through green bonds in August 2017, to repay its existing debt and for capital expenditure for its under-construction projects and growth.
The development comes amid the impending exit of Azure Power’s founder Inderpreet S. Wadhwa as chairman, chief executive officer and board member of the company and all its subsidiaries.
On 3 May, the company had announced Wadhwa’s retirement plans.
The exploratory plans come at a time of relentless deal activity in India. Foreign investors have infused $1.02 billion equity investment in clean energy projects in 2019 so far.