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Reliance Power Commissions New Thermal, Solar Plants

Reliance Power has commissioned the fourth 300 MW unit of the Rosa plant in Uttar Pradesh, bring the project’s total operational capacity to 1,200 MW. The thermal power project is now fully operational and the fourth unit was commissioned four months ahead of the original schedule set for July. Rosa project has four units, each having 300 MW capacity, and the third 300 MW unit of the plant, also finished ahead of schedule, was commissioned in December 2011.

In a statement, the company reported: “Rosa power project is also the first independent thermal power project in North India to be brought online and represents the largest ever private sector investment in Uttar Pradesh with an investment outlay of over Rs 6,000 crore ($1.2 billion).”

According to Reliance Power, the project has consistently operated above a 95 percent plant load factor (PLF). Electricity generated from the plant would be supplied to Uttar Pradesh.

Reliance Power Chief Executive Officer J P Chalasani notes that that Rosa occupies a special place in the company’s portfolio because it is their first operating power plant. “The achievement of our teams in construction and commissioning of the Rosa project is commendable and unmatched in the Indian Power Sector. This experience gives huge confidence for our ongoing and future projects.”

The company also says the project would account for more than 15 percent of Uttar Pradesh’s total energy requirement and would light up about 30 lakhs households.

Reliance Power has also commissioned a 40 MW solar plant in Rajasthan. The project, costing an investment of about Rs 700 crore, ($137 million) would generate over 70 million units of clean power. Rajasthan is India’s largest solar photovoltaic project and will supply electricity to Reliance Infrastructure.

Reliance Power chairman Anil Ambani, says, “We plan to add 300 MW of solar-generated power from this state to the national installed capacity by 2015,” which will help meet Reliance Infrastructure obligations to buy renewable energy.

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