IDFC Alternatives looking to buy First Solar’s India assets

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IDFC Alternatives, a unit of India-based infrastructure-focused lender IDFC Ltd, stands ready to allocate around US$200 million in order to acquire First Solar’s 200 MW assets in India.

Earlier in March, Mint reported that First Solar was contemplating the sale of around 200 MW of its Indian project portfolio, which totals 260 MW located in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

The U.S. vertically integrated solar company was one of the first foreign companies to enter the Indian solar market, and in terms of total shipments it counts the country as its second-largest market, having supplied over 1 GW of panels.

News about the competitiveness of India’s market keeps rolling in, with the latest lowering of the price floor of $0.0494/kWh in NTPC-tendered auction of 250 MW grabbing the headlines.

With its cumulative solar capacity constantly on the rise, India seems set to remain a hive of solar activity in the year ahead, as it prepares to overtake Japan as the world’s third largest PV market.