German firm starts solar power plant construction in Iran
A German-iranian company has begun the construction of a solar power plant in Meybod, in Iran’s central province of Yazd.
Pasargad Solar Projects Ltd., a German-iranian Company, in collaboration with Kronos Solar Projects Gmbh, international players in large-scale solar energies, announced that the start of construction operations of the ¿rst phase of a new 100 MW solar power plant in Meybod, Yazd Province, IRNA reported.
According to Iran’s Sixth Five-year Development Plan, Iran is targeting the production of over 5,000 MW from renewable energies with 20 years power purchase agreement.
“The 10 MW Solar Complex, with an investment of $12 million, is a part of our activities in Iran’s renewable energy market in line with attracting foreign investments,” said Amir Eslamnezhad, managing director at Parsia Business Development Solutions which is a partner in the project.
Last week, the president of the Iran Wind Energy Association (IRWEA) said that Danish companies are ready to invest $1 billion in developing renewable energy projects in Iran.
Hashem Oraee told Iran Daily that giant energy companies including Siemens and Vestas will contribute to implementing wind energy projects in Iran.
The of¿cial pointed to the development of renewable energy in the past decade and said by increasing the share of renewables, Denmark currently meets 43 percent of electricity demands from renewable sources.
“The US, China and many European countries plan to cut dependence on fossil fuels,” said Oraee adding that by 2025, the electricity demand will be met from renewable energy sources.
Most countries prefer to establish fewer thermal power plants, the of¿cial stated, noting, “Wind and solar energy are replacing the oil and gas in generating power.”
Referring to the differences of wind energy and solar energy, he said wind energy is usually generated in large-scale wind farms whereas solar panels could produce solar power on every roof-top.
“About 18-20 percent of air pollution come from thermal power plants which use fossil fuels,” said the IRWEA head adding that the ¿gure is close to nil in power generated from renewable energy sources.