News ID: 237459
Published: 1201 GMT January 16, 2019

Deputy minister: Small solar power plants to reach 5,000 by March

Deputy minister: Small solar power plants to reach 5,000 by March

The number of small solar power plants operating in Iran's rural and deprived regions will increase to 5,000 by March 21, 2019, said a deputy energy minister on Wednesday.

Mohammad Sadeqzadeh put the present number of small solar power plants operational in Iranian villages and deprived areas at 2,000, IRNA reported.

Sadeqzadeh, who was speaking during a visit to power plants in Bardsir in the central Iranian province of Kerman, added, Iran generated 250 megawatts of renewable energy in the year to March 2017. He noted that the figure stood at 500 megawatts in the 12-month period to March 2018 and will reach 1,000 megawatts by March 2019.

"The Iranian Parliament extends adequate support for projects to increase [the country's] renewable energy generation and has guaranteed to provide financial resources to this end."

As per a resolution passed by the Parliament on Tuesday, the amount of financial resources to be allocated for increasing renewable energy generation in the country rose 20 percent to reach $442.85 million, he said.

Sadeqzadeh added that in the near future, every Iranian energy consumer will become an energy producer.

Describing as desirable the pace of the growth of renewable energy production in Iran, he said units operating across the country in this field have been established with private investment.

Bank Saderat Iran is the main financial institute in charge of allocating fund to projects to build renewable power plants and generate clean energy, the deputy minister said.

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