Oct 20, 2014, 6:03 PM
News Code: 81356690
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Share of renewables in Iran energy mix rising

Tehran, Oct 20, IRNA - Renewable energy resources can play a bigger role in providing energy needs of the country given the existence of proper infrastructures in Iran.

Managing director of Iran Renewable Energy Organization (SUNA) Yousef Armodly said development of renewable energies in the country requires participation of the government and the private sector.

He said the organization’s studies show that the country has the potential for generating 40 thousand megawatts of electricity by setting up wind turbines.

“For now, more than 300 million kilowatt hours of renewable electricity is generated by power plants, excluding those produced by hydro power plants, saving 100 mcm of gas annually,” he said in a shana.ir report..

Iran aims to add about 5,000 MW of wind and solar power capacity by 2018. Earlier this year, the Iranian government had announced elaborate plans to boost renewable energy infrastructure. While most of the 5,000 MW capacity would be based on wind energy technology, the government intends to develop at least 500 MW of solar power capacity initially. Construction on 400 MW capacity has already been started while contracts for 900 MW projects have been signed.

The government has implemented a number of favorable policy initiatives to promote renewable energy infrastructure development.