New tie-up for solar power

The Hindu 2010-02-12

Astonfield Renewable Resources and Belectric have signed an agreement for a 5MW solar power plant in Osiyan, Rajasthan. This is the first utility-scale solar power plant commissioned by Belectric under India’s National Solar Mission. The plant is expected to come online during this 2010-2011 fiscal year with construction beginning after migration approval.

“Consistent with our strategy to partner with global technology leaders, Astonfield has formalized a tie-up with Belectric to build one of the first utility-scale projects under India’s National Solar Mission. We look forward to working with Belectric in commissioning this first 5MW PV plant in Rajasthan, which will serve as a foundational project in our partnership and in the build out of India’s solar industry,? stated Ameet Shah, cochairman of Astonfield.

The solar plant is located in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur District on 30 acres of land, with185 acres acquired under a long-term lease to allow an additional 20MW to be built in the future. Belectric will design, construct, commission, and provide operation and maintenance services for the PV plant.