New Delhi, India — Astonfield Renewable Resources and Belectric have entered into an agreement for the execution of Astonfield’s 5-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic plant in Osiyan, Rajasthan.
The Osiyan project is one of several Astonfield plants expected to be approved under the Migration Phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission and will be Astonfield’s first solar power plant to be commissioned and come online in late in 2010 or early 2011.
Belectric has already completed site designs and engineering on the plant. The construction will begin immediately following Migration approval. The 5-MW solar power plant located in the Jodhpur District of Rajasthan will sit on 30 acres of land. A total of 185 acres has been secured under a long term lease to allow for an additional 20-MW build out in the future. The Osiyan plant is expected to bring over a hundred jobs to the local community.
“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,” said Ameet Shah, co-chairman of Astonfield.
In November 2009, the Indian government approved a National Solar Mission, which aims to deploy at least 20 gigawatts (GW) of solar projects by 2020. This strategic initiative is part of the country’s plan to provide power to millions of citizens lacking access to energy sources, as well as to combat climate change. Over the next five years, Titan plans to develop a series of large-scale projects and installations in Andhra Pradesh, India, using Suniva’s technology.