Ger­man firm starts so­lar power plant con­struc­tion in Iran

Iran Daily - - Domestic Economy -

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.


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