Cleantech Solar gets US$75 million loan from ING to fund SE Asia expansion

Cleantech will use the funding to help build over 500 megawatts of solar projects. PHOTO: CLEANTECH ENERGY CORPORATION PTE LTD

SINGAPORE (REUTERS) - Singapore-based Cleantech Solar has secured a US$75 million (S$104.6 million) loan from Dutch bank ING Groep to finance its expansion across South-east Asia, the companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday (June 23).

Cleantech, which has Shell as one of its investors, will use the funding to help build over 500 megawatts of solar projects, according to the statement.

Banks across the world have come under pressure from investors, regulators and climate activists to ease the transition towards a low-carbon economy.

"This is the largest green loan in Asia Pacific to date in the commercial and industrial renewables sector," the statement said.

In a report published last week, the International Energy Agency outlined how the deployment of low-carbon electricity, such as solar and wind, could be accelerated.

Last year, ING said it supports new clients in the utilities sector "only when their reliance on coal is 10 per cent or less and they have a strategy to reduce their coal percentage to close to zero by 2025."

Some European lenders have now increased their funding of renewable energy projects and stepped up engagement with clients to encourage a faster shift away from coal production and consumption.

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