Reliance Power commenced operations of its 100-megawatt solar energy plant in Jaisalmer of Rajasthan at a cost of Rs 2,100 crore, reports The Economic Times.
This will be world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) project according to the Reliance officials.
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It is also the largest investment undertaken by any private sector entity in CSP technology in India.
With this project, Reliance Power’s generation capacity has increased to 5,285 megawatt, which includes 5,100 MW of thermal capacity and 185 MW of renewable energy based capacity.
The compact linear fresnel reflector technology used in this project focuses the sun’s heat onto a system of tubes through which water flows.
The concentrated sunlight boils the water and generates superheated steam which is then used for running a power generator.
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Rajasthan Sun Technique Energy, a unit of Reliance Power, was awarded the project in 2010, after an international competitive bidding conducted by NTPC’s NTPCBSE unit, 2.26 percent Vidyut Vyapar Nigam under the government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.