TEHRAN - The first phase of Iran’s largest wind farm came on stream on Monday in the town of Takestan, which is located in the northwestern province of Qazvin.
The wind farm has a power generation capacity of 20 megawatts (MW) in the first phase, which was put into operation at a cost of €30 million, the IRNA news agency reported.
The Iran Power Plant Projects Management Company (MAPNA) has been tasked with constructing the wind farm, which is projected to have a power generation capacity of 100 megawatts when completed.
The wind farm is scheduled to be completed in two years, at a cost of €150 million.
In November 2013, Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Houshang Falahatian said Iran plans to widely expand its use of renewable energy.
According to the plans, the country’s power generation capacity is projected to increase by 8,000 megawatts, he added.
In October 2013, Homayoun Haeri, the managing director of the Iran Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Management Company (TAVANIR), said Iran plans to construct three new wind farms, each with a power generation capacity of 350MW.
In the near future, TAVANIR will ink deals with private sector companies to design, construct, and operate the new wind farms, he added.
Iran exports electricity to Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan (including the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic), Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq.
Iran seeks to become a major regional exporter of electricity, having attracted more than $1.1 billion in investments for the construction of three new power plants.
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