IREDA finances renewable energy projects across India, mainly hydro, wind and solar, like this 50 MW solar PV project in Kerala. It plans to use the proceeds from the Green Masala Bond to finance renewable energy projects (Photo Credit: IREDA)
- IREDA of India has listed its Green Masala Bonds for a period of 5 years to raise $300 million
- It has become the fourth Indian entity to issue green bonds at the London Stock Exchange
- These bonds carry a coupon of 7.125% and carry certification from the Climate Bonds Initiative
- IREDA will use the proceeds to finance renewable energy projects across India
The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) raised around 19.5 billion INR ($300 million) for a five-year Green Masala Bond launched at the London Stock Exchange (LSE). This is the first Green Masala Bond on LSE’s new International Securities Market (ISM). Green Masala Bonds are available only for overseas investors and not to investors from the originating country.
IREDA will use the proceeds to finance renewable energy projects across India.
The bonds carry a coupon of 7.125% and are certified by Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), an international, investor-focused not-for-profit building transparent assurance frameworks around green bond investment.
With these bonds, IREDA has become the fourth green bond issuer at the LSE after Axis Bank, NTPC and REC, which raised $500 million, $300 million and $450 million, respectively (see NTPC Issues Green Masala Bonds and see India’s REC Raises $450m With First Green Bond).
“Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) is fully committed to helping achieve Indian Government’s vision of 175 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022,” said Chairman and Managing Director of IREDA, Kuljit Singh Popli. Adding, “The Green Masala Bond is a significant milestone for IREDA in this regard, as we embark on the next phase of renewable and sustainable energy led expansion.”
In May 2017, IREDA was assigned the task to generate $365.7 million for renewable energy projects during FY 2017-18 (see India To Raise RE Bonds). The Indian cabinet also approved the plan for IREDA to launch an IPO (see IREDA To Go Public).