Iran plans to double its renewable energy output, by the end of current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2015), according to an official with Iran’s power sector.
The country’s renewable power output is scheduled to reach 400 megawatts by the yearend; the Fars News Agency quoted Homayoun Haeri, the managing director of the Iran Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Management Company (TAVANIR), as saying on Sunday.
In December 2014, Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Houshang Falahatian said the country prioritizes generation of electricity from different sources of energy.
He said 1000 megawatts of electricity should be generated annually from renewable energies in Iran.
In November 2014, Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian outlined plans to develop the national electricity industry, placing the priority on the expansion of solar and wind power plants.
He said electricity generation, transmission, and distribution are projected to be increased by 7 to 8 percent annually.
The administration of Hassan Rouhani envisions a bright future for solar energy and has allocated $60 million for solar energy projects in the current Iranian calendar year (March 2014-March 2015) compared to just $12 million in the previous year. It especially wants to target rural communities largely cut off from government services across the country.
Iran’s power generation capacity currently stands at 68.38 gigawatts. The capacity has grown by 7 percent annually over the past 10 years.
Iran currently exports electricity to Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan (including the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic), Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq.