AREVA Solar Energy wins contract for Indian concentrated solar power installation

Energy group Areva plans to build Asia’s biggest concentrated solar power installation in Rajasthan. The project would produce 250 megawatts of electricity.

Reliance, the project developer, has awarded Areva a contract to build the two 125 MW CSP plants in Rajasthan, using the French company’s Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) technology. Scheduled to come online in May 2013, the first phase of the project is already under construction.

India aims to build an additional 20GW of solar capacity by 2022, and JP Chalasani, chief executive of Reliance Power, hinted that this could be the first of many solar projects built by the two companies.

“Today’s announcement is just the beginning,” he said. “We look forward to working with Areva in helping meet India’s clean energy goals through this project.”

Areva’s chief executive, Luc Oursel, said: “Areva is delighted to help deliver on the promise of India’s progressive solar energy goals and to advance Reliance’s bold vision for a global clean energy portfolio.”

The Reliance contract solidifies AREVA Solar’s position as a leading global supplier of CSP solutions for large-scale standalone power plants, power augmentation of fossil-fired power plants and solar hybrid applications, and follows on a series of successes. This project also further strengthens and diversifies AREVA’s low-carbon energy hub in India.

In Australia, AREVA Solar was awarded a contract to build a 44 MW solar thermal addition to the coal-fired Kogan Creek power station, and its energy consortium was selected as the preferred bidder for a 250 MW CLFR power plant under Australia’s Solar Flagships Program. And in the USA, AREVA Solar recently announced a partnership with Tucson Electric Power on a solar augmentation project in Arizona.

In total, AREVA Solar currently has more than 500 MW of CSP projects in operation, under construction or in advanced development, making AREVA one the fastest-growing CSP technology providers.