Iran has capacity to generate 40,000MW of wind and solar energy

Business Materials 15 June 2015 14:05 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, June 15

By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran has the capacity to generate 40,000 megawatts of wind and solar energy, said Houshang Falahatian, the Iranian deputy energy minister.

Based on statistics of the Renewable Energy Organization of Iran, there is a potential for generating 30,000 megawatts of wind power and 10,000 megawatts of solar power in the country, Iran 's IRNA news agency quoted Falahatian as saying June 15.

At present, a total of 250 megawatts of wind and solar power is generated by the country's power plants, he noted.

The peak of electricity consumption in Iran has reached 46,500 megawatts per day, he said.

Iran plans to build wind and solar power plants with 3200 megawatts output, Yusef Armodeli, the managing director of the Renewable Energy Organization of Iran, said in January.

Permissions have been issued for the private sector to build wind and solar power plants with over 10,000 megawatts output, he said.

He pointed out that Iran is planning to produce 5,000 megawatts of electricity in the next five years using renewable energy sources.

Iran's electricity generation capacity is currently 68,932 megawatts, of which 57,541 megawatts is generated by thermal power plants, 9,686 megawatts is generated by hydroelectric power plants, 1,020 megawatts is generated by nuclear power plants, 466 megawatts is generated by distributed generation power plants, and 219 megawatts is generated by renewable energy power plants.

Edited by CN