Adani to invest $20 billion in renewable energy over next 10 years
Gautam Adani on Tuesday said his group will invest $20 billion over the next 10 years in renewable energy generation
Unveiling his infrastructure conglomerate's green vision, billionaire Gautam Adani on Tuesday said his group will invest $20 billion over the next 10 years in renewable energy generation and component manufacturing and will produce the world's cheapest green electron.
The port-to-energy conglomerate plans to triple its renewable power-generation capacity over the next four years, foray into green hydrogen production, power all data centres with renewable energy, turn its ports into net carbon zero by 2025 and plans to spend over 75 per cent of capital expenditure until 2025 in green technologies, he said.
Speaking at JP Morgan India Investor Summit, the Adani Group chairman said the $20 billion investment will be in renewable energy generation, component manufacturing, transmission and distribution.
Adani Group's "integrated value chain, our scale and experience puts us on the path to be the producer of the least-expensive green electron anywhere in the world," he said.
The announcement came weeks after India's richest man Mukesh Ambani announced an investment of Rs 75,000 crore ($10 billion) in clean power and hydrogen fuel over three years.
Many have seen the June 24 announcement as the petrochemical czar's direct competition with the country's second-wealthiest man, Adani, who has had a strong presence in the renewables space for many years.
This month, Ambani said hydrogen can be made from renewable energy at $1 per kilogram in a decade's time.
Hydrogen has no carbon emissions and can be used as fuel in industry and automobiles and on Tuesday, Adani outlined his vision with an investment size of $20 billion and the cheapest green electron.
He said no company in the world is building a renewable power portfolio on the scale the Adani Group is doing.
The group currently has 4,920 MW of operational renewable energy-generation capacity and another 5,124 MW under execution. It has a confirmed pipeline of 9,750 MW and another 4,500 MW, where it is likely to win contracts.
This, he said, opens up several new pathways including "setting us up to be one of the largest green hydrogen producers in the world".
He, however, did not elaborate on plans to produce hydrogen. The group will triple renewable power-generation capacity over the next four years—from 21 per cent now to a high of 63 per cent.
"Over the next 10 years, we will invest over $20 billion across renewable energy generation, component manufacturing, transmission and distribution," he said.
"We will be the first port business that is ahead of its target to get to net zero by 2025. This business has committed to 1.5-degree pathway through SBTi."
It will also be the first Indian data centre company that will power all its data centres with renewable energy by 2030. On other businesses, Adani said the focus will continue to be on infrastructure sectors that are underserved and critical to nation-building.
The group would also grow by expanding into adjacent sectors and incubate new businesses. It will in each of its businesses, develop deep operational expertise and then grow aggressively, both organically and through acquisitions.
"In just the last eight years, we have acquired over 50 assets amounting to about $12 billion," he said.
On digital business, he said the Adani Group's plans for airport-centred growth include metropolitan developments that span entertainment facilities, e-commerce and logistics capabilities, aviation-dependent industries and smart city developments.
Adani said over the next two decades, India will have the biggest and youngest middle class that has ever existed. Over the next decade, it will be among the world's top four countries in terms of market capitalisation. "This is leverage from which we must benefit."
India, he said, will be driven by home-grown companies and those international businesses that are truly committed to being and acting local.