New Delhi: Reliance Power Ltd, controlled by billionaire Anil Ambani, has started a 100-megawatt solar thermal plant in India after an 18-month delay.

The 2,100 crore project in Rajasthan, which was built using technology from Areva SA, has begun generating power, Reliance said in an e-mailed statement.

Seven Indian solar-thermal plants missed deadlines to start operating in May 2013, hobbled by escalating costs and difficulties importing equipment. Godawari Power and Ispat Ltd’s 50-megawatt plant was the first to finish in June last year.

Solar-thermal plants use mirrors to focus sunlight on liquids to produce steam for turbines.

Reliance Power has sued HT Media Ltd, publisher of Mint, in the Bombay high court over a 12 May 2010 front-page story in Mint that it disputed. HT Media is contesting the case.

Bloomberg

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