|Rajendra Prasad Singh, Director, Azure Power|
Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE), a leading independent solar power producer in India, announced that Dr R. P. Singh, former Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Power Grid Corporation, a Government of India Enterprise and India’s largest electric transmission utility, was appointed to Azure Power’s Board of Directors as an independent non-executive Director.
Dr R.P. Singh is known for his contributions in the Indian power sector, particularly the establishment of the national power transmission grid and modern load dispatch centers. During his tenure as CMD of Power Grid, he was responsible for establishing several high profile projects, especially building a 2,100 kilometer transmission system in 33 months with an investment of INR 33 billion which was well ahead of schedule and under budget. This feat was recognized by the then Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. His expertise in grid management and recovery is widely recognised and he was invited by the US Department of Energy and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) following the grid issues in the US Northeast in 2003. He was responsible for restoration and normalization of grid operation during natural calamities in India. He is the recipient of many national and international awards including from the World Bank, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI, USA), and the SCOPE Excellence Award. He is a respected author and has published several books and was conferred with a Doctorate Degree in Science (Honoris Causa) from Banaras Hindu University.
Speaking on this occasion, Inderpreet Wadhwa, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Azure Power said, “We are pleased to welcome Dr R.P. Singh as a Director on our Board. Dr Singh is well recognized in the Indian energy sector especially for his contribution in the power generation, transmission, policy and grid infrastructure. His solid reputation for disciplined execution will help Azure Power tremendously in the next phase of growth in becoming one of the largest solar power companies in India.”
Commenting on the appointment, Dr R. P. Singh said, “Azure Power is an established leader in the solar industry in India and it gives me immense pleasure to join its esteemed board. Azure Power offers an attractive value proposition for Indian solar power customers by utilizing the best technology with unmatched execution expertise and experience. I look forward to working with Azure Power’s Board and team to drive long term value for all stakeholders.”About Azure Power
Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE) is a leading independent solar power producer in India with a portfolio of over 1,600 MWs across 22 states/union territories. With its in-house engineering, procurement and construction expertise and advanced in-house operations and maintenance capability, Azure Power provides low-cost and reliable solar power solutions to customers throughout India. It has developed, constructed and operated solar projects of varying sizes, from utility scale to rooftop, since its inception in 2008. Highlights include the construction of India’s first private utility scale solar PV power plant in 2009 and the implementation of the first MW scale rooftop project under the smart city initiative in 2013.
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