The investment will help the company expand its renewable energy capacity, provide jobs and facilitate private sector development in renewable energy.  

IFC, together with IFC Global Infrastructure Fund, a private equity fund managed by IFC Asset Management Company, will invest $125m in equity, enabling the company to set up 1GW of greenfield solar and wind plants in the next 12 months across India.

Hero Future Energies chairman & managing director Rahul Munjal said: “I am happy to join hands with IFC, in our endeavor to achieve new goal of 2.7GW renewable energy capacity by 2020.”

Currently, Hero Future Energies has a presence in twelve states in India with a capacity of over 360MW having solar, wind, and rooftop installations.

Hero Future Energies CEO Sunil Jain said: “This partnership will fuel our ambitions to tap into the incredible opportunity that lies in both domestic and overseas markets as well as new technologies namely storage, hybrid projects among others.

"This association is also a validation of our core strengths in timely project delivery, unwavering focus on health safety and environment standards, developmental capabilities, stringent asset quality standards and design and engineering skills. We will also aggressively focus on expanding our promising rooftop solar portfolio.”

Over 40 percent of India’s population lacks access to reliable electricity.  The country’s growing energy sector will require $250bn in investments over the next five years, most of which will have to come from the private sector.  

With 80% of the country’s energy needs still being met through thermal power, renewable energy is increasingly seen as the solution for bringing universal energy access.

In 2014, the Indian government announced a plan of setting up 175GW of solar and wind energy by 2022.

IFC South Asia regional director Mengistu Alemayehu said: "With this partnership with Hero Future Energies, IFC is helping accelerate the transition of the renewable energy generation business to mainstream power sector. Through the Global Infrastructure Fund, IFC is also bringing in the support of international institutional investors.

"Such a development will boost confidence of other large business groups and international investors to contribute to India's ambitious renewable energy targets and make a significant difference in ramping up renewable-energy capacity in the country."

IFC is a pioneer in renewable energy in India, investing in the sector since 2009. Our portfolio companies today have set up over 3GW of different forms of renewable-power projects in the country.

IFC’s advisory team is helping the state of Madhya Pradesh set up a 750MW solar-power project in Rewa, which will be the largest single-site solar plant in the world when completed.  

IFC Global Infrastructure Fund co-head Darius Lilaoonwala said: “The IFC Global Infrastructure Fund is pleased to partner with the Hero Group in the renewables space in India.

“We look forward to supporting Hero Future Energies as it further consolidates its market position as a leading Indian wind and solar energy platform over the next few years.”

India is IFC's top country exposure, globally. IFC's committed portfolio in India is over $5bn as of June 30, 2016. In FY16, IFC committed $1.1bn in new investments in the country.

In addition to strengthening local capital markets in India, IFC is focused on boosting financing in infrastructure and logistics, promoting financial inclusion, helping create conditions to attract increased private capital, and helping structure public-private partnerships.