Total global corporate funding in solar sector at $5.3 billion this year: Report

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New Delhi, Jul 15: Total global corporate funding in the solar sector touched USD 5.3 billion in the first half of this year, up 15 per cent over last year, amid uncertainty in the industry owing to Trump tariffs and the Chinese subsidy pullback, global consulting firm Mercom Capital Group said. Corporate funding, including venture capital, public market, and debt financing, in the solar sector was USD 4.6 billion in the January-June period of 2017.
“The first half of 2018 has been a roller-coaster for the solar industry marked by uncertainty due to Trump tariffs followed by the recent Chinese subsidy pullback,” commented Raj Prabhu, CEO of Mercom Capital Group. “Though financial activity was better compared to the same period last year, the market is still sorting out the winners and losers that would come out of a potential slowdown in Chinese demand, which is expected to result in an oversupply situation and eventual price crash in components across the globe,” Prabhu added.
On a quarter-on-quarter basis, corporate funding increased in the April-June period of this year with USD 2.8 billion in 34 deals compared to the USD 2.5 billion in 44 deals in January-March 2018. Some of the notable Indian deals in the second quarter of this year in the debt funding segment include Sunsure Energy, a solar turnkey solutions provider, raised zero-collateral based debt capital worth USD 2.2 million from TATA Cleantech Capital, L&T Finance, and cKers Finance.
Among other major Indian deals, Azure Power raised USD 135 million in debt financing from a consortium of development finance institutions to finance around 200 MW of Azure Power’s rooftop solar PV projects across India.