Solar electricity output to reach 1000MW by March 2019

November 16, 2018 - 20:58

TEHRAN – Iran’s solar power output is due to reach 1000 megawatts (MW) by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2019), ISNA reported on Friday quoting the Iranian deputy energy minister.

According to Homayoun Ha'eri, the government has doubled the solar capacity for the last three-five years and it will continue this trend in the upcoming years.

“The country’s solar capacity was 250 MW in year of 1395 (2016-2017), in 1396 (2017-2018) the number reached 500 MW and in the current year it is going to reach 1000 MW”, the official said.

Earlier in August 2018, Seyyed Mohammad Sadeqzadeh, head of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization (known as SATBA), said that the country’s total capacity of generating electricity from renewable resources will reach 1100 megawatts (MW) by the end of the current Iranian calendar year.

Overall, in the next five years, Iran is aiming for a 5,000 MW increase in renewable capacity to meet growing domestic demand and expand its presence in the regional electricity market.