Sep 14, 2014, 1:57 PM
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Iran renewable energy target: 5,000 MW by 2015

Tehran, Sept 14, IRNA - Iran is required to generate 5,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable energies by 2015 as stipulated in the Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan (2010-15).

Yousef Rashidi, a director of the Department of Environment, added that the country currently generates up to 350 MW of renewable energy, which is unsatisfactory.

“Energy consumption in Iran is way higher than in developed countries. To modify consumption behavior, the government should promote a better culture in this regard,” he said

Rashidi said Iran ranks seventh in the world in terms of greenhouse gas production, stressing that using renewable energies helps reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emission, and will help preserve natural resources for future generations.

“Renewable energies do not pollute the environment,” he said.

The official said one of the problems in winter is that due to gas shortage, power plants have to consume mazut that releases a higher amount of sulfur compared to diesel and gasoline, and creates more air pollution.

“Studies show that only up to 30 percent of air pollution in cities are generated by household equipments and the rest by industrial and trade units and automobiles,” he said.

Rashidi said the cost of buying or manufacturing solar panels used for generating renewable energies are very high.

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