Iraq begins project to harness solar power, wind energy

A project to generate electricity from solar energy and wind power in 15 remote Iraqi cities is now under way, the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity said.

“Iraqi companies have already started building integrated complexes for solar cells and towers to generate electricity from wind, to provide an equivalent of 5.5 megawatts of electricity a day,” Ministry of Electricity spokesman Musaab al-Mudarres told Al-Shorfa.

“The areas that were chosen for the project don’t have national electricity transmission networks because they are newly created and are located far from city centres,” he said.

The project will take two years to complete and will cost 39 billion Iraqi dinars ($33.4 million), he said.

“We hope that electricity generated from solar cells and wind will have a major impact on the standard of living and commerce in the chosen areas,” he said.