Areva Solar is to build Asia’s largest concentrated solar power generation project in India after winning the contract from Reliance Power.

The company will build two 125 MW CSP plants in Rajasthan. The first phase of the project is under construction, with a target operational date of May 2013.

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India wants to add 20 000 MW of solar energy by 2022 in a bid to cut carbon emissions.

Areva chief executive Luc Oursel said: “Following our success in the French wind offshore sector, this contract reinforces the Areva strategy in renewable energies.”

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