Iran to generate 12,000 MW of solar and wind power by 2021
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 20
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran's solar and wind power plants will generate 12,000 megawatts of electricity by 2021, said Homayoun Haeri, Managing Director of Iran Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Management Company (TAVANIR).
Haeri said that solar and wind power plants will meet 10 percent of the country's electricity neeeds by Iranian fiscal year 1400 (March 2021-March 2022), Iran's Fars news agency reported on Feb. 20.
He added that the efficiency of the country's power plants has reached 40 percent.
Iran's total electricity generation currently stands at 73,000 megawatts, 50 percent of which is owned by the private sector, he noted.
On Feb. 17, Haeri said that three nuclear power plants, each with 1000 megawatts of output, will be built in the country.
Iranian energy Minister Hamid Chitchian previously said that due to a lack of finance and some problems in establishing power plants the country will face electricity deficit. So, the deficit should be dealt with through taking efficient management methods and encouraging people to save energy.
Chitchian added that Iran will boost its electricity generation capacity to 100,000 megawatts in the next five years.
Some of the old and worn-out power plants will be scrapped and the efficiency of other power plants will be improved, he added.