June 19, 2018
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Macron inaugurates solar plant, ends India trip with Ganges boat ride

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.

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