Iran aims for 5,000MW of new solar, wind capacity by 2018

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One of the world’s biggest oil produces announces significantly higher goals for solar and wind capacity.

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Iran is aiming big with renewables, based on recent statements made by the Iranian Energy Minister, Hamid Chitchian.

As revealed by Chitchian, the country’s new goal is to add 5,000 MW of new solar energy and wind energy capacity by the year 2018. That’s a big increase over the country’s previous aims.

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Sort of makes you wonder what it is that they know about the near-term future of the oil industry, doesn’t it? Though perhaps the move towards renewables is, at least partially, being pursued more for geopolitical reasons? It’s an interesting question.

The recent comments were made during a gathering with delegates and renewable energy experts at the Iranian Embassy in Berlin, Germany. Among the other information revealed was the fact that the majority of the new capacity will be from wind energy projects, but that 500 MW has already been designated for solar PV.

In a sign of just how committed Iran appears to be to the new goal, the country has apparently already begun construction on 400 MW of new projects — a further 900 MW worth of contracts have also already been signed.

According to the delegation from Iran, one of the main reasons for the push towards renewables is the fact that energy demand in the country is growing rapidly. As it stands currently, the Iranian grid totals about 70,000 MW of capacity, with demand growing rapidly — about 5,000 MW per year.

The rapid increase in demand is, to a large degree, down to the fact that electricity in the country is highly subsidized — if not for that fact, it’s highly questionable if growth in demand would be anywhere near where it is.

In order to meet its goals, the country is utilizing a generous feed-in-tariff program — $0.15 cents per kWh for electricity from renewable energy projects. The government also offers grants that cover up to 50% of the installation costs for residential solar PV systems.

Considering that it was only a few years ago that Iran opened its first solar power plant, the new goal is really quite impressive. And, if followed through on, it represents a pretty substantial step towards a renewable energy future.

Of course, that’s if the goal is met, something that is yet to be seen.

 

Source: CleanTechnica. Reproduced with permission.

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6 Comments
  1. barrie harrop 5 years ago

    Fine ,but what about the sanctions?

    • Ronald Brakels 5 years ago

      Well, that’s a political thing, for like political people, but my understanding is the rafts of sanctions against Iran will have little or no effect on their developing their renewable capacity.

      • barrie harrop 5 years ago

        Ronald , i suppose you are fine with this too?
        Iran has been recruiting thousands of Afghan refugees to fight in Syria, offering $500 a month and Iranian residency to help the Assad regime beat back rebel forces, according to Afghans and Western officials.

        • Ronald Brakels 5 years ago

          Barrie, could you explain to me how you determined what I am fine with from the comments I have made here? If I could master this ability it would greatly improve my social life. Imagine how cool it would be if I could work out what my sister was fine with from say reading her shopping list.

  2. Ronald Brakels 5 years ago

    I’m wondering if Iran will further develop its hydroelectric capacity as it apparently still has potential sites that could be used. However, with the cost of wind and solar power continuing to decline, I guess that each day that passes reduces the possibility that they will be exploited.

  3. Alan Baird 5 years ago

    Ronald, you don’t understand, if Iran develops wind power, this will ruin the sanctions because Iran has absolutely no oil and will go down in a screaming heap. Listen to Barrie as he knows these things! What is possibly more important is that there is a political agenda behind what Barrie’s rhetorical question and it’s strongly influenced by, gee, heaven knows? The basic lesson is, you’re not allowed to point out that even states which have achieved pariah status can sometimes make rational decisions and people like Barrie will there to point out that you have defied international protocols by not getting angry (like he does) when Iran does something rational for a change. Barrie clearly is angry, and that’s why he makes the puzzling decision to say that anyone pointing out that Iran is aiming for more renewable energy should be, I don’t know, arrested and sent to Gitmo because they’re obviously jihadists. You just can’t do that, got it? Calm down folks. Let’s stick to the subject. Psst! Bet he wouldn’t get as angry if North Korea got environmental instead of just mental. Completely different.

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