Iran plans to boost renewable energy output

TEHRAN, Jan. 18 (MNA) -- Iran plans to develop new renewable energy power plants over the next five years with a capacity totaling 2,000 megawatts (MW) to meet energy demand, deputy energy minister said here on Sunday.

Econews News Agency quoted Abbas Ali-Abadi as saying that, “Iran already has 8500 MW hydro power plants in operation and has installed 130 MW of wind turbines.”

 

Iran, though an oil exporting country, is determined to be an important partner in global efforts of human societies to achieve sustainable energy systems,” he told a preparatory meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

 

“The government of Iran has paved the way for private sector participation in developing renewable energy systems,” he said.

 

The private sector has already signed contracts to install wind turbines as well as biomass systems with a capacity of 600 MW and the ministry of energy is implementing 500 MW wind convertors in the country, he said without naming any company.

 

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