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US engineering firm in CSP solar first for India

Texas firm Lauren 50MW Godawari Green Energy project becomes first CSP plant to produce power to India grid

The plant brings concentrated solar power to India for the first time

A Texas engineering firm has made history in India by producing power from the BRIC country's first concentrated solar power (CSP) plant. The 50MW Godawari Green Energy Limited (GGEL) plant, which is the first utility-scale solar thermal power plant to produce power to the grid in India, has been built by firm Lauren, which has headquarters in Abilene in US state Texas.

Lauren served as the EPC (engineering, procurement and constructor) for the GGEL plant.

The company said the news of the plant producing power to the grid is "making history as the first utility-scale solar thermal project in India to do so."

The 50MW concentrated solar power plant is located in Rajasthan, India's largest state. It is one of a collection of solar power projects totaling 470MW approved for development under Phase 1, Batch 1 of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission for renewable energy.

Of the 470MW slated for commissioning by May of 2013, the Godawari project is currently the only utility-scale project in commissioning, and is the first CSP solar project in India to produce power.

Other Western renewable energy firms have become involved in the India Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission this year. This includes French renewable energy company Fonroche Energie, which in January announced it was to work with a USD 15.9bn Indian conglomerate to develop a solar power plant in the BRIC country using US PV technology. The EU-BRIC collaboration was the first team to commission PV solar power plants under India's National Solar Mission's Phase I Batch II policy.