Reliance Power on Tuesday started operations at its 100-megawatt solar energy plant - claimed to be the world's largest concentrated solar power (CSP) project - built at a cost of Rs 2,100 crore in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer district. The company said this is the world's largest in the solar power space using the latest technology available today in renewable energy and has been set up along side its 40-MW photo-voltaic project in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. The project was won by an arm of Reliance Power, Rajasthan Sun Technique Energy, by way of an international competitive bidding and the electricity generated is being sold to NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam, a subsidiary of the state-owned enterprise.
The project "has been successfully synchronised with the grid and power generation has commenced with this project, Reliance Power's generation capacity has increased to 5,285 megawatt (MW), which includes 5,100 MW of thermal capacity and 185 MW of renewable energybased capacity," the Anil Ambani group company said in a news release. The project is the largest investment undertaken by any private sector entity in CSP technology in India, it added. The technology for the project has been supplied by Areva Solar of the US, an arm of the French power major, with minimal environmental slip, lesser land requirement, and with more efficiency, Reliance Power said in a statement.