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Indian renewable energy business Astonfield Renewables has appointed B.K. Halder as the company’s Vice Chairman.

A statement issued today said Halder will assume an executive role to assist in government affairs and all Astonfield’s business development.

Halder is described as “a prominent force” in the electricity sector, having served as chairman of the Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) from April 2007 to December 2010 prior to joining Astonfield.

As Chairman, he frequently interacted with the chairmen of other Electricity Regulatory Commissions (ERCs) at the Forum of Regulators meetings held every quarter.

Halder also served as an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer holding a number of posts in Bihar including District Magistrate of Chapra, Deputy Commissioner and Collector of Jamshedpur, District Magistrate of Katihar, Divisional Commissioner of Hazaribagh and Divisional Commissioner of Ranchi.

Sourabh Sen, Co-Chairman of Astonfield, said: "We are proud that someone of Mr. Halder's calibre is joining forces with Astonfield as we go full tilt on building out our pipeline. His vision and ability to build consensus will be pivotal to paving the way for effective solar implementation in India."