India: Distributed Solar Financing Transaction (AIIB-000637)

  • South Asia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • India
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Fourth Partner Energy Private Limited
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Climate and Environment
  • Energy
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 75.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 75.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AIIB website

Updated in EWS Jun 22, 2023

Disclosed by Bank Feb 9, 2023

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Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

According to AIIB, the objective of the project is to support the development of distributed solar generation in India under rooftop solar and open access models. The Project involves long-tenor financing to Fourth Partner Energy Private Limited (FPE), a leading independent power producer (IPP), for the development and operation of a portfolio of distributed solar projects. The portfolio comprises rooftop and ground-mounted solar projects with an aggregate capacity of 602MWp for commercial & industrial (C&I) clients. 


The Project will be co-financed with International Finance Corporation (IFC) as lead co-financier, and its environmental and social (E&S) risks and impacts have been assessed in accordance with the IFC's Policy on Environment and Social Sustainability (ESSP) and the Performance Standards (PSs). To ensure a harmonized approach to addressing ES risks and impacts of the Project, and as permitted under AIIB's Environmental and Social Policy (ESP), IFC's ESSP and PSs will apply to the Project in lieu of AIIB's ESP. AIIB has reviewed the IFC's ESSP and PSs and is satisfied that: (a) they are consistent with the provisions of AIIB's ESP, including AIIB's Environmental and Social Exclusion List (ESEL) and the relevant Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs); and (b) the monitoring procedures that are in place are appropriate for the project.

IFC has categorized the investment as a Category B project according to IFC's ESSP. This is equivalent to Category B if AIIB's ESP were applicable.

Critical Habitat (CH) screening suggests that there is a limited probability that four Open Access (OA) sites could partially meet IFC's PS6 Biodiversity CH applicability criteria. Therefore, FPE will adopt a precautionary approach and develop site specific Biodiversity Action Plans (BAP) to ensure net gain for CH species through collision and electrocution mitigations and community-based habitat conservation.

All land for OA panel installation has been or is being acquired on Willing Buyer / Willing Seller basis with no option of recourse to judicial expropriation. Site visits and interviews with landowners and community members by IFC in the project areas confirmed that no third-party tenants or sharecroppers are adversely affected by these transactions.

FPE's ESMS includes a Stakeholder Engagement Framework (SEF) to guide their stakeholder engagement activities in the form of Stakeholder Engagement Plans (SEP) applicable throughout the project cycle, from planning and preconstruction through decommissioning. The SEF advises FPE on how to conduct stakeholder mapping and analysis and recommends appropriate engagement methods and monitoring and reporting processes, among others. For each OA site, SEPs will include a grievance mechanism and measures to encourage participation of project-affected people especially vulnerable or disadvantaged people.

IFC reviewed Environment and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) for two operational OA sites. These ESIAs are disclosed in the Client Documentation section of IFC's Project Disclosure portal. Two remaining ESIAs for early-stage OA subprojects will be completed and disclosed.

Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.
Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Fourth Partner Energy Private Limited Client -

Contact Information
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Pratyush Mishra

Investment Operations Specialist



Jignasa Jani Visaria

Head- Renewable Capital (Risk Management & Project Finance)



Ankur Sood

Investment Officer



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The AIIB has established the Accountability Mechanism for Project-Affected People (PPM). The PPM provides Òan opportunity for an independent and impartial review of submissions from Project-affected people who believe they have been or are likely to be adversely affected by AIIBÕs failure to implement the ESP in situations when their concerns cannot be addressed satisfactorily through Project level GRMs or AIIB Management processes.Ó Two or more project-affected people can file a complaint. Under the current AIIB policy, when the bank co-finances a project with another development bank, it may apply the other bank's standards. You can refer to the Project Summary Information document to find out which standards apply. You can learn more about the PPM and how to file a complaint at:

The complaint submission form can be accessed in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali, Chinese, English, Tagalog, Hindi, Nepali, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu. The submission form can be found at:

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