TEHRAN, Iran, Dec.4
Iran is planning to increase solar power production by building new power plants, said the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization spokesman Jafar Mohammadnejad, Trend reports citing IRNA.
Iran can establish solar power plants with 60,000-megawatt power production capacity and wind farms generating 40,000-megawatt of electricity, Mohammadnejad noted.
He added that Iran's private sector is involved in construction of a 250-megawatt renewable power plant.
Recently, Iranian Deputy Energy Minister and the Chairman of Iranian Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization, Mahmoud Kamani said that Iran will launch new renewable energy power plants that can generate about 200 megawatt hours of electricity, by the summer of next year.
Kamani noted that Iran is currently building renewable power plants that can generate 400 megawatt-hours of electricity.
The deputy minister added that the capacity of renewable power plants built in Iran so far is about 900 megawatt-hours. Its 310 megawatt-hours belong to wind power plants, 455 megawatt-hours to solar panel power plants, and the rest to other power plants.
"The share of renewable power plants in Iran's electricity generation is less than 1 percent. This is a very small figure given the country’s potential," he said.