SoftBank to invest up to $100 bn in solar projects in India

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SoftBank Group has decided to invest $60 billion-$100 billion in solar power generation in India, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported on Friday.

SoftBank, which recently decided to exit from Indian e-commerce company Flipkart, and the Indian government are expected to reach an agreement soon after final arrangements are made.

The company is expected to make the investment through a fund backed by Saudi Arabia’s government. Saudi Arabia is the largest investor in SoftBank’s Vision Fund, which raised over $93 billion last year.

SoftBank in 2015pledged to invest $20 billion in Indian solar projects with a goal of generating 20 GW of energy as the majority partner in a joint venture with India’s Bharti Enterprises and Taiwan’s Foxconn.

Last month, SoftBank secured 200 megawatts of solar capacity at an auction in the south-western state of Karnataka.

SoftBank in April teamed up with China’s GCL System Integration Technology on a $930 million Indian solar energy venture.

India has set a target to achieve an operational solar power capacity of 100 GW by 2022, five times current levels, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s renewable energy strategy.

SoftBank’s Vision Fund has exposure to solar energy through its investment in the world’s largest such project in Saudi Arabia announced in March.

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