Macron inaugurates solar plant, ends India trip with Ganges boat ride
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) with French President Emmanuel Macron (R) take a boat ride at the Ganga River on Assi in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, Mar. 12, 2018. EPA-EFE/PRABHAT
Local people wave to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron (both not pictured) as they take a boat ride at the Ganga River on Assi in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, Mar. 12, 2018. EPA-EFE/PRABHAT
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) with French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (R) take a boat ride at the Ganga River on Assi in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, 12 March 2018. EPA-EFE/PRABHAT
A handout photo made available by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) shows Indian prime minister Narendra Modi (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron (L) posing for photos during the inauguration of a 100 MWp Solar Power Plant in Mirzapur nar Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, 12 March 2018. EPA-EFE/MEA
New Delhi, Mar 12 (efe-epa).- The French president ended a three-day trip to India Monday by inaugurating a solar power plant and taking a cruise on the Ganges river with the country's prime minister.
Emmanuel Macron and Narendra Modi inaugurated a 101-megawatt solar power plant in the northern city of Mirzapur.
"Our commitment towards harnessing solar energy for a better tomorrow is unwavering," Modi said in a tweet.
French energy company Engie, which operates the plant, said that besides the plant in Mirzapur, it was heading four other projects in India: two in the southern states of Andra Pradesh (338 MW) and Tamil Nadu (50 MW) and another two in Gujurat (30 MW) and Rajastan (190 MW) in the west.
"It’s an honor to welcome President Macron and Prime Minister Modi to the Mirzapur site, one of our key assets in the country," said Engie CEO Isabelle Kocher, who attended the inauguration, according to a company statement.
The International Solar Alliance held its foundation session on Sunday, with the announcement of aid with $1.4 billion for the transfer and funding of solar energy projects to help developing countries.
Macron promised to allocate an extra 600 million euros ($739 million) to the French Development Agency, raising the sum dedicated to the cooperation until 2022 to 1 billion euros.
During the trip, Macron also announced his intention to make France India's main strategic partner in Europe and signed 14 agreements in the areas of defense, economics and solar energy.