Malaysia's Yinson Increases its Stake in Indian Solar Developer Rising Sun to 95%

Malaysia-based, Yinson Holdings Berhad, announced that it has agreed to acquire an additional 57.5% equity interest in Rising Sun Energy Private Limited (RSE), an Indian company engaged in solar development.

The stake was acquired through its wholly-owned subsidiary Yinson Renewables (S) Pte Ltd. According to the press statement, Yinson will pay ₹1.1 billion (~$14 million) for the stake.

In March, Mercom reported that Yinson acquired a 37.5% equity interest in Rising Sun. According to the company’s previous statement, Yinson said it would pay ₹554 million (~$6.67 million) for the stake. The company had also said that it would provide funding of ₹600 million (~$7.22 million) to repay certain outstanding liabilities of Rising Sun Energy.This transaction marked Yinson’s entry into the renewable energy market.

David Brunt, Yinson’s CEO for renewables, “Indian government has committed to reducing its dependence on fossil energy, which presents a vast market entry opportunity for investors. With this additional investment, Yinson and RSE will be in a stronger position to capture the growth opportunities presented by this transformation.”


Upon completion of this transaction, Yinson will have a controlling stake of 95%, bringing the Group’s total investment in Rising Energy to approximately ₹2.3 billion (~$30 million).

Rising Energy develops, owns, and operates solar power assets in India, and owns two operational solar power projects in the Bhadla Solar Park located in Rajasthan, with a combined capacity of 140 MW. Rising Energy has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with NTPC Limited for these projects.

Arunav Sharma, founder & CEO of RSE, commented, “The transaction is reflective of the long-term nature of Yinson’s ownership in RSE. Most importantly, it serves to establish a clear foundation for strategic growth and operational alignment to become a leading renewable energy developer and operator in India.”

Last year, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission ruled in favor of three independent power producers regarding the payment of their performance bank guarantee to the tune of ₹255 million ($3.7 million). The three IPPs were: Rising Sun Energy Private Limited, Rising Bhadla 1 Private Limited, and Rising Bhadla 2 Private Limited. The three IPPs had petitioned the CERC seeking the release of the performance bank guarantees retained by the NTPC.

 

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