CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

27 June 2014

Kenya to Benefit From Strategic Solar Alliance

Nairobi — ASTONFIELD Renewables, a leading solar power producer, and Solesa, an international engineering and project management leader in industrial solar projects, has announced a strategic partnership across India and Eastern Africa.

The partnership will deliver highly-customized solar energy solutions to save fuel costs, reduce power outages and increase the cost competiveness of industrial businesses across India and Eastern Africa.

Marketed under the name Astonfield Solesa Solar in India and Eastern Africa, the company has developed a unique and innovative PV-diesel hybrid system, marketed as the Hybrid Power Controller, which integrates solar PV with existing diesel generators to significantly offset the high and rising costs of diesel fuel for commercial and industrial power systems. Applications range from industrial rooftop solar systems to ground-mounted solar and off-grid systems.

Astonfield has emerged as a leading independent power producer in India with 20 MW of operational assets, 17 MW under construction, 270 MW under advanced development, and a strong commitment to cost leadership in the power sector. Outside of India it has projects moving into the construction phase in Oman, Mauritius, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.

“We are well positioned to take advantage of this market opportunity and become leaders in India and Eastern Africa,” said Ameet Shah, Co-Chairman of Astonfield Renewables.

“With our strong international project finance and procurement experience and Solesa's long track record designing and engineering projects for commercial and industrial customers worldwide, we have an unbeatable combination of local and international expertise across the project spectrum, from design and finance to EPC and operations.”

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