Astonfield Renewable Resources, a provider of renewable energy in emerging markets, has announced that its Co-Chairman Ameet Shah is to take on a key advisory role to the US government.

Shah will join the US Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC) where he will represent project developers in the renewable energy sector.

Formed in 2010 during President Obama’s first administration, the committee is made up of around 30 individuals representing renewable energy companies, energy efficiency companies, organisations and trade associations.

Shah was appointed by acting US Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank in order to help advise the department’s top officials on issues concerning the competitiveness of US renewable energy and energy efficiency exports. Shah will also provide consensus advice on the development and administration of programmes and policies for the expansion of US renewable energy and energy efficiency exports and for strengthening the competitiveness of the industry.

Shah’s appointment will be effective until June 2014.

Commenting on the appointment, Shah said: “I am deeply honoured to have been selected to join the Committee and I look forward to advising Acting Secretary Blank on key issues facing US renewable energy and energy efficiency exports so that we may strengthen the competitiveness of this industry.

“As a leading developer of solar PV assets in developing nations and a base of commissioned power plants in India, I believe that the United States has a unique and unrivaled opportunity to supply goods and services to these markets. I hope to provide a deep insight to the Committee on shepherding U.S. companies to tap into this multi-billion dollar export market over the coming years.”

Shah is responsible for the financial and operational strategy at Astonfield. He works with Astonfield’s financial, technical and government partners to ensure profitability of each individual project and holds a solid track record of forming partnerships with leading international EPC companies.