Independent power producer Astonfield and Italian solar design and engineering firm, Solesa, have partnered to deliver hybrid diesel-solar hybrid generating systems to industrial businesses across India and East Africa.

Astonfield Solesa Solar integrates solar photovoltaics (PV) with existing diesel generators to significantly offset the 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 between 100 kW to 10 MW.

The company completed its inaugural installation at an iron manufacturing facility in the state of Tamil Nadu in India – a 100 kW ground-mounted solar hybrid system for Indo Shell Cast Pvt. Ltd.

‘Our scalable and customizable solutions are uniquely compatible with other power sources, and complement most industrial and commercial load profiles, thus reducing reliance on diesel generation. And, at a minimum, they deliver a 30-40% discount relative to the cost of utilizing emergency power supply,’ said Alfredo Giardina, CEO of Solesa.