Areva Solar will be developing what is being called the largest CSP plant in Asia to date with the construction of a 250MW concentrating solar power project for Reliance Power in Rajasthan. The project is part of the country’s program to increase clean energy production by 20,000MW of solar power by 2022.
Areva will construct two 125MW CSP plants using concentrating solar thermal technology and additionally provide support services for the project. The first CSP plant is under construction, with an expected commercial operation date set for 2013.
Luke Oursel, CEO of Areva, said: “Areva is pleased to participate in the program development of solar energy in India and to support the ambition of Reliance in clean energy. We bring all our experience so that India and Reliance in particular become global players in the solar industry. After our success in offshore wind in France, this agreement confirms Areva’s strategy in the field of renewable energy. “