Astonfield to set up 200 MW project in Gujarat

January 13th, 2009 - 2:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Ahmedabad, Jan 13 (IANS) Astonfield Renewable Resources Ltd (ARRL) will execute a mega 200 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project across Gujarat. The venture is touted as the largest renewable energy project in India. “Gujarat is our top priority,” said Ravinder Raina, the company’s new president of Indian operations, here Tuesday. The company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the project with the Gujarat government Monday.

Raina said the company’s agenda also included educating the Indian masses about renewable energy, and what it could mean for economic growth, pollution control, as well as electrification of more remote areas.

With the addition of the 200 MW solar PV venture in Gujarat, ARRL currently has over 300 MWs in its project portfolio.

In addition to solar PV projects, ARRL is also developing renewable energy plants using biomass and municipal solid waste-to-energy technologies. It has project allotments and/or active business development operations in eight different states in India.

“ARRL is greatly enthused with such a significant allotment in Gujarat. We look to Gujarat as a leader and steadfast partner in promoting the renewable energy story in India,” said Sourabh Sen, Co-Chairman, Astonfield Renewable Resources Ltd.

After India, the group is looking at similar projects in the Middle East and African countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda over the next three to four years.

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