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Germans clinch Iran’s biggest solar projects

10 November 2015 6:36


Iran’s Ministry of Energy has signed an agreement with a German company to build 1,250 megawatts of solar energy projects in the hydrocarbon-rich country’s latest move to green its energy supply chain.

Under the deal, Germans will build several solar farms in Tehran, Tabriz and Isfahan as Iran embraces clean energy, head of the Tehran electricity distribution company Ali Barband said Monday without naming the foreign firm.

The plan for Tehran is to build 500 megawatts of solar projects, including 150 MW in Kahrizak, 200 MW in Varamin and 150 MW in Malard.

A further capacity for 750 megawatts of photovoltaic energy will be installed in central Isfahan and northwestern Tabriz, he told the Tasnim news agency.

“It was decided that the issue of land acquisition for construction of the plants is determined soon, after which a 20-year agreement for guaranteed purchase of power will be signed with the Germans,” Barband said.

In August, Iran and Germany signed a document for generation of 100 megawatts of wind power plus 400 MW of solar in the southern Khuzestan province.

German companies are reportedly about to begin building wind farms in Iran at a cost of $331 million next year.

The government plans to install 5,000 MW of renewable capacity, putting Iran among the likes of the UK and France. The Ministry of Energy is already implementing 500 MW wind converters and further 100 MW biomass projects.

Iran’s renewable energy potential is huge, where only the wind capacity is estimated at 30,000 megawatts.

The existing renewable mix is focused on hydro power plants which produce about 8,500 MW. Just 150 megawatts of green power plants are currently operating in the country.

A consortium of Iranian, Indian and South Korean companies seeks to set up an energy park in the Khuzestan province in a project worth $10 billion, including 1,000 MW of solar projects.

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