Ministry official: Iran produces 654 MW of energy from renewable sources

Oil&Gas Materials 15 December 2018 16:13 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 15

By Elnur Baghishov - Trend:

Iran has so far produced 654 megawatts of energy from renewable sources, said Ehsan Levani, deputy chief of Renewable Energy Group of the Research Center of Iran's Energy Ministry, Trend reports via Fars News Agency.

This was less than 1 percent of the electricity production potential of the powe rplants, he said.

He said that among Iran's neighbors, Turkey is leading in terms of generating energy from renewable sources.

Therefore, Turkey has so far generated electricity from 12.5 gigawatts of alternative energy sources, and this makes 15 percent of all electricity generated at all power plants, he noted.

Levani added that Turkey intends to increase energy generation from renewable sources two times and bring it to 27 gigawatts before 2023.

Levani also added that Iraq has so far produced 100 megawatts of energy using renewabl.es, especially solar panels, and intends to increase the production by 10 percent, or by 35 gigawatts, before 2020.

He said that Kuwait produces 70 megawatts of renewable energy sources and intends to increase its production by 15 percent, or 2 gigawatts, until 2030, and $8 billion will be spent on it.

"The UAE ensures 15 percent of its energy through alternative energy sources," he added. "This is 7.8 gigawatts electricity. This is while Saudi Arabia produces 92 megawatts of electricity from renewable energy sources. By 2032, it plans to increase its production by 54 gigawatts. This figure currently accounts for about 80 percent of Iran's electricity generation. Pakistan generated 1,845 megawatts of energy from renewables and plans to bring its production to 9,700 megawatts by 2030."