|Iran plans to widely expand use of renewable energy||
TEHRAN – Iran plans to widely expand its use of renewable energy, according to Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Houshang Falahatian.
Iran’s private sector will build 600 wind power turbines by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2014), ISNA quoted Falahatian as saying on Friday.
He also said that 120 trillion rials (about $4.8 billion based on the official exchange rate of 24,900 rials to the U.S. dollar) will be invested to improve the efficiency of power plants by the end of the Iranian calendar year.
According to the plans, the country’s power generation capacity is projected to be increased by 8,000 megawatts, he added.
On October 9, 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.
Haeri also said the country’s total wind farm power generation capacity currently stands at 120MW.
He went on to say that Iran’s total power generation capacity currently stands at 68.38 gigawatts.
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 and has attracted more than $1.1 billion in investments for the construction of three new power plants.
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