Reliance solar plant set to be initiated next month after delay

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Sunday, September 22, 2013: According to a report, Reliance Power Ltd. (RPWR) solar-thermal power project will be initiated in the coming October. This project will be started after a delay of five-months, PTI reported. The report cited builder Areva SA. (AREVA).

As per PTI reports, Siddhartha Ghoshal, Managing Director of Areva’s solar unit in the country informed a conference that the project managed to source 60 per cent of its equipment in India.

The fact is India’s all ten proposed solar-thermal plants with a capacity of 500 megawatts of capacity missed their deadlines to initiate operations earlier this year. Partly, the reasons being escalating costs and problems faced in importing the required equipment. Just one project that is Godawari Power & Ispat Ltd.’s 50-megawatt plant witnessed its completion post lack of local components that resulted in the projects crossing the budget over by 20 per cent.

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The plant was part of the 470MW that was granted in the first phase of the National Solar Mission launched by the Government of India with the aim of supporting deployment in the country with a set target of 20 GW by the year 2020. As per the company the commissioning got delayed because Rajasthan state failed in laying a water pipe to the site.

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