News ID: 236043
Published: 1242 GMT December 18, 2018

Iran to set up 3,000 solar power plants in rural areas

Iran to set up 3,000 solar power plants in rural areas

Iran plans to install 3,000 small solar power plants in rural areas, announced a deputy energy minister on Tuesday.

Mohammad Sadeqzadeh further said at a forum in Tehran that the installation of solar power plants will help the country meet its electricity needs and generate revenues for 3,000 families, reported Tasnim News Agency.

He added that installation of small solar power plants has been underway since two years ago, noting, "2,400 of them have so far been set up in villages which are facing shortage of water and are generating power."

Sadeqzadeh said that the small solar power plants, in addition to the ones installed earlier, will materialize the goal of generating 5,400 MW of electricity from solar power.

In October, he said that the government was open to foreign investors wishing to invest in the renewable energy sector.

He added that that the government welcomes foreign investments in renewable energy ventures to increase the share of clean energy in the country's energy mix as well as export excess output.

The scheme could also help harness renewable energies, including those from geothermal, solar and wind power sources for domestic use.

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