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SPECIAL SERIES | EPISODE 22

InvIT: New-age Funding for Grand Old Power sector

01 Apr, 2021
InvIT: New-age Funding for Grand Old Power sector
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The power transmission network is the backbone of any nation's electricity grid. India needs to rapidly expand and overhaul its electricity grid network to undertake a successful energy transition and ensure reliable power to all.

While state-owned Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) has led the growth of power transmission in India, a handful of private companies entered the fray in the last decade. But the expansion of India's power transmission network for growing renewable energy capacity would need immense capital, more than what the traditional financing routes could offer.

Alternative funding avenues are now emerging in India. IndiGrid, India’s first listed power transmission infrastructure investment trust or InvIT is aspiring to become one such innovative financial model.

To understand how routes such as InvIT can facilitate global investment in the Indian power transmission and green energy sector while also creating value for investors, we interviewed Harsh Shah, Chief Executive Officer of IndiGrid. Harsh has extensive experience in the infrastructure sector across financing, operations, M&A and regulatory policy.

This episode was recorded before Union Budget

Suggested Readings:

“Section 54EC states that if the profit made on sale of a long-term capital asset – whether an immovable property or shares and stocks – is invested by the taxpayer in 'long-term specified assets' within 6 months of the sale, then the capital gains are exempt from taxation.”

1. Harsh Shah profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harsh-shah-8634bb6/

2. IndiGrid website: https://www.indigrid.co.in/

3. SEBI guidelines: https://www.sebi.gov.in/legal/circulars/may-2016/guidelines-for-public-issue-of-units-of-invits_32500.html

GUESTS

Sandeep Pai
He is an award-winning journalist and researcher and author of a book “Total Transition: The Human Side of the Renewable Energy Revolution.”

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Manas Mishra
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Manas Mishra, is a multimedia expert and sound engineer with 101Reporters.

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