Astonfield Renewables, a leading solar independent power producer in India, and Solesa, an international engineering and project management leader in commercial and industrial solar projects, have formed a strategic partnership, Astonfield Solesa Solar, to deliver solar power solutions to industrial businesses. The partnership has also commissioned its first project in Tamil Nadu – a 100 kW ground-mounted solar-diesel hybrid system for Indo Shell Cast Pvt. Ltd., a leading iron manufacturer for motorcycle, automotive and other industries. The system reduces costs by feeding uninterrupted power to the factory from a combination of three generation sources, solar, diesel gensets and the power grid. It consists of 384 solar PV modules and two diesel gensets, all of which are controlled by the Hybrid Power Controller to prioritize consumption of the most cost-effective power source at any given time. The system is expected to produce close to 150 MWh per year.

The new company deploys customizable solutions that can save commercial and industrial businesses up to 30-40 percent on their diesel fuel costs. Its innovative solar PV-diesel hybrid system, the Hybrid Power Controller, integrates solar PV with existing diesel generators and grid power to deliver low-cost uninterrupted power supply. Based on Italian engineering expertise and a long track record of successful international projects, Astonfield Solesa Solar’s solutions have been customized to meet the unique grid and industrial load characteristics found in India and include a full range of configurations, from industrial rooftop solar systems to ground-mounted solar and off-grid systems.

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