SunEdison Inc is in talks to sell minority stakes in its Indian solar energy projects to Finland’s Fortum, two sources said, as the US firm seeks funds to finish proposed plants in India amid concerns about its finances at home.

Heavily indebted SunEdison, once the fastest growing renewable energy developer in the US, could soon file for bankruptcy protection, according to one of its publicly listed units.

Fortum, a state-controlled utility, said on Tuesday it planned to invest ^200-400 million ($225-$450 million) in solar projects in India and would look at developing large new projects or consider partnerships. Fortum is interested in taking stakes in SunEdison’s projects, including a proposed 500-megawatt plant in Andhra Pradesh state it won last November after an aggressive bid, said the two sources with knowledge of the matter.

Fortum spokeswoman Sophie Jolly declined to comment on any talks with SunEdison, but said it was “normal that there would be rumours and speculation around our interest in any solar, and particularly now in India”. read more

SunEdison in talks to sell Indian solar stakes to Fortum