1. German bank ‘KfW’ to provide 150 million euro loan to SBI for solar projects
India’s largest commercial bank State Bank of India has signed a 150 million euro (Rs 1,240 crore) loan agreement with the German development bank KfW for funding solar projects. KfW Development Bank was set up in 1948 by the German Government.
The long-term loan, under the Indo-German solar partnership, will facilitate new and upcoming capacities in the solar sector.
In 2015, the Indian and German government signed a memorandum of understanding to foster solar energy through technical as well as financial cooperation.
Through this agreement, Germany had expressed its willingness to provide the concessional loans to India in the range of 1 billion euros through KfW.
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