Iran to build largest wind farm in Middle East
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 16
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran will build the largest wind farm in the Middle East in the northern city of Manjil, said Iraj Harsini, an official with Renewable Energy Organization of Iran.
Harsini said the Manjil wind farm, with 128 megawatts of output, will come on stream in February, Iran's Mehr news agency reported on Jan. 16.
The organization has received permission for increasing the output by 128MW over the course of 1.5 years, he noted.
The Manjil wind farm is currently generating 80MW of electricity.
Based on the Fifth Five-year Socio-Economic Development Plan (2011-2015), Iran's private sector is expected to carry out a number of renewable projects with the total capacity to generate 10,000MW of electricity.
Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said in April 2014 that government will buy renewable energy at price of 443 rials from the private sector.
Iran's power generation capacity is currently over 71 gigawatts.