Astonfield to manufacture instruments required for the production of Solar Energy

Ananda Bazar Patrika 2008-05-08

US-based Astonfield Renewable Resources has decided to invest on setting up of Green Energy capacity and a solar panel manufacturing unit in West Bengal.

In mid of June, a team of members of ARRL will visit the state in connection with the set-up of solar panel manufacturing unit which will also include members of a Japanese company.

According to the company source, this will lead to an investment of 1.5 billion dollars. On Wednesday, a proposal was given to the KMC for the generation of solar power from Municipal solid waste (MSW).

Meanwhile, propositions on large investments for the production of solar and wind energy by reputed concerns like Reliance, Suzlon along with Astonfield have been made.

The firm has received official allotments from the West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA) and has even gone through discussions with the IT Minister, Mr. Debesh Das and the Chairman of Green Energy, Mr. S.P Gon Chaudhauri. The Astonfield Co-Chairman, Sourabh Sen has announced on Thursday, "We are looking forward for a tie-up with a Japanese concern who will be visiting the state in the month of June. The company had discussions on the procurement of land at Rajarhat with the State Government, even."

Born and bred in Chandannagar, Sourabh Sen told that the land in Bankura for the production of 5MW of solar energy has already been acquired and even hopes to start 2.5MW of solar energy production by this year.

On the other side, a proposition has been given to the KMC regarding the allotment of 16 acres of land for the production of 36MW of power from MSW with an investment of 6.5-7 billion dollars. Projects on 10MW of biomass unit in South Dinajpur, 1MW of biogas unit in Kalyani have also been taken up with that of the allotment of land, which is in process. The company is also interested in setting up a 30MW of biomass unit in North Bengal.