Iranian administration plans to expand solar panels
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 30
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
The Iranian administration has prepared special plans to expand solar panels across the country, the Shana News Agency quoted Iranian Deputy Minister Houshang Falahatian as saying on March 30.
The administration will provide subscribers with special facilities in this respect, he added.
Iran will produce 500 megawatts (MW) of electricity from renewable energy sources in the current Iranian calendar year, which started on March 21, the Fars News Agency quoted Managing Director of Iran Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Management Company (TAVANIR) Homayoun Haeri as saying on Feb.26.
The country has signed 100 trillion rials (about $4 billion) worth of projects with the private sector so far in the current year, he added.
The head of Iran Electrical Industry Syndicate, Mohammad Parsa, said on Jan. 21 that Iran's private sector accounts for only five percent of the country's total electricity generation, the Iranian SHANA News Agency reported.
"The country's total potential for producing solar and wind energy is estimated to be around 40 million and 100,000 megawatt hours," he said.
Iran is currently the biggest electricity producer in the Middle East. Iran's total electricity generation currently stands at 70,000 megawatt hours.
Iran currently trades power with Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq.