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IFC to invest $10 million in Azure Power for solar projects

World Bank's arm International Finance Corp will invest $10 million in renewable power company Azure Power to help implement new megawatt scale grid-connected solar plants across India

In the first-ever investment of its kind by World Bank's arm International Finance Corp (IFC), the agency will invest $10 million (around Rs46 crore) in renewable power company Azure Power to help set up solar plants to generate electricity for Indian villages, reports PTI.

"IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will provide a $10-million equity investment to an independent solar power company, Azure Power Pvt Ltd, to help implement new megawatt scale grid-connected solar plants to bolster clean energy output," IFC said in a release.

IFC further said that it is the first solar project under the lending agency's new clean technology investment programme.

"Once fully operational, the project will expand capacity to produce over 20,000 megawatt hours of clean energy annually to reach hundred villages in several Indian states, and more than 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions will be avoided annually," it added.

Helion Venture Partners and Foundation Capital, leading venture capital investors in clean technology companies, also funded Azure's solar power initiative in September 2008.

"The support from IFC, Helion, and Foundation Capital is recognition of the potential of megawatt scale solar power generation in India," Azure Power's chief executive officer Inderpreet S Wadhwa said.

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