News ID: 320345
Published: 0722 GMT February 27, 2022

Iran adds 2.4MW to renewable power production capacity: SATBA

Iran adds 2.4MW to renewable power production capacity: SATBA

A sum of 415 solar power plant units with a total capacity of 2.4 megawatts (MW) were launched across Iran over the past two months, said the spokesman of the country’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization (SATBA).

According to Jafar Mohammadnejad Sigaroudi, so far, a total of 6,674 solar power stations have been put into operation in the country, IRIB News reported.

The official noted that the contribution of support organizations such as the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation and the Basij organization in this field has facilitated the development of the renewable industry in Iran.

As reported, the above-mentioned organizations are currently collaborating with the SATBA to help deprived households in rural areas construct solar power plants.

The capacity of Iran's renewable power plants currently exceeds 920MW, of which solar power plants have the lion’s share of electricity production, followed by wind power plants.

Renewables, including hydropower, account for about seven percent of the country’s total energy generation, compared to natural gas’s 90 percent share.

In January, Iranian Energy Ministry signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with private contractors for cooperation in the construction of renewable power plants to generate 10,000MW of electricity across the country.

The signing ceremony was attended by senior energy officials including Energy Minister Ali-Akbar Mehrabian and Head of the SATBA Mahmoud Kamani.

The MoUs were signed following the Energy Ministry’s public call for the contribution of private companies to a project for developing renewable power plants in the country.

According to SATBA, after the ministry’s public call, 153 requests for the generation of 90,000 megawatts (MW) were submitted to the ministry by private companies.

Speaking in the signing ceremony, Mehrabian said: “When the private sector invests in this industry, the government is obliged to repay the total sum of investment plus its interests to the investor.”

 

 

   
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