Hotspot India. Renewable Energy Investments

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RE-Invest 2017 is scheduled to be held from 14 – 16 March 2017 at New Delhi, India. RE-Invest 2017, the second edition of the annual Global Renewable Energy Investors’ Meet & Expo, will build upon the success of RE-Invest 2015 and explore the advances made on the ground to achieve India's target of 175 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022.

2015 was the first time when investment in renewables in developing countries outweighed that in developed economies. A large part of the record-breaking investment in developing countries took place in India as it was among the top 10 investing countries in renewable energy, with its commitments rising 22 per cent to USD 10.2 billion.

The US, Japan, UK Brazil, South Africa, Mexico and Chile all made it to the top 10 investing countries in 2015. “The investment (in India) took place against a backdrop of pro-renewable policies introduced by India’s BJP government. These include a target to almost-triple wind capacity to 60 GW by 2022.

Within the developing-economy category, the “Big Three” of China, India and Brazil saw investment rise 16 per cent to USD 120.2 billion, while other developing economies enjoyed a 30 per cent bounce to USD 36.1 billion.

 

 

A further boost is expected in the new year 2016 with the markets regulator SEBI proposing a new regulatory framework to make it easier to issue and list green bonds, while a new concept of 'YieldCo' is also in the works to help garner funds exclusively for green energy ventures.

The proposed new regime may include tax incentives and would be on the lines of REITs (Real Estate Investment Trust) and InViTs (Infrastructure Investment Trust). A 'YieldCo' is a publicly listed company that is formed to own assets that generate a predictable cash flow, primarily through long-term contracts. In this model, the cost of capital is lowered by separation of volatile assets like development, research and construction.

As India’s renewable energy sector marches from the margins to the mainstream, numerous opportunities are becoming available to work in tandem with global counterparts. International cooperation in RE research is essential to expedite the identification and development of solutions to meet ever-augmenting demand for affordable, non-polluting and renewable energy.

To develop these cost-effective technological innovations, the need for active collaboration between industries and academic institutes, as well as research partnerships between developed and developing countries cannot be over-emphasised.

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