US funds USD $57.3 million to Indian firms to set up solar facilities in Rajasthan

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US has authorised funds totalling USD $57.3 million to two Indian firms to finance the export of American solar panels and ancillary services to India. The solar panels, which are manufactured by First Solar Inc. of Tempe, Arizona, will be used in the construction of solar photovoltaic plants in Rajasthan, the Bank announced Wednesday.

Solar Field Energy Two, a Mumbai-based company wholly owned by Kiran Energy Solar Private Power Ltd., has been approved for a $23 million loan from Ex-Im Bank for the construction of a 20-megawatt (MW) solar facility in Rajasthan. Mahindra Surya Prakash, also of Mumbai and owned by Kiran Energy and Mahindra Holding Ltd., has been approved for a $34.3 million Ex-Im loan to build two solar facilities (one 20 MW and one 10 MW) in Rajasthan as well.

“These important transactions will finance the purchase of American products and services and support jobs in our innovative renewable-energy sector,” said Ex-Im Bank chairman and president Fred P. Hochberg. “On top of that, Ex-Im’s financing will contribute to India’s drive to embrace clean-energy sources.”

In 2010, the Indian government launched the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in an effort to add 20,000 megawatts of installed solar capacity to the nationwide grid by 2020.

India is one of Ex-Im Bank’s nine key markets and accounted for approximately $7 billion of the Bank’s worldwide credit exposure as of the end of FY 2011.

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