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Published on December 29th, 2008 | by Andrew Williams

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Iran Opens its First Solar Power Plant

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Iran has announced the opening of its first ever solar power plant in the town of Shiraz in the Southwest of the country.

Energy Minister Parviz Fattah told reporters that the facility was constructed using Iranian materials and expertise. Speaking to the Iranian News Agency he said, “The country backs the use of alternative and renewable energy sources. In future alternative energy sources will be greatly developed in the country. The growth of investments in this sphere is expected.”

According to Fattah, the Shiraz solar plant employs parabolic mirrors to direct energy from the sun’s rays into its solar receivers.

At this stage, it appears that the plant is a pilot project intended to test the viability of future larger-scale projects. Any movement towards the development of domestic renewable energy supply is likely to be welcomed by many of the countries suspicious of Iran’s ambitions to develop nuclear power.

Image Credit – ricardo/zone41.net

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  • Uncle B

    Selling power to the grid helps pay for your own system, reduces grid’s need to burn fuel or other wise create power, and supplements grid transmission losses! If at all possible, complete independence from the grid makes you a strong, incorruptible contributer to society and able to see all things in a very clear light! In times of brown or blackout you become an island of sanity and safety, quite able to survive by your own means for extended time periods, hence free to contribute in times of disaster! By reducing the civil responsibility of the power companies, we reduce their political prowess, and can make realistic demands socially and otherwise on them, we are not “beholden” to them – a good thing when negotiating with giants and power hungry despot corporations, well oiled by bribes from local thieving politicians and “owners”. Independence is what America used to be about! The six-gun is being replaced by the garden plot, windmills and solar cells. Freedom!

  • Uncle B

    Selling power to the grid helps pay for your own system, reduces grid’s need to burn fuel or other wise create power, and supplements grid transmission losses! If at all possible, complete independence from the grid makes you a strong, incorruptible contributer to society and able to see all things in a very clear light! In times of brown or blackout you become an island of sanity and safety, quite able to survive by your own means for extended time periods, hence free to contribute in times of disaster! By reducing the civil responsibility of the power companies, we reduce their political prowess, and can make realistic demands socially and otherwise on them, we are not “beholden” to them – a good thing when negotiating with giants and power hungry despot corporations, well oiled by bribes from local thieving politicians and “owners”. Independence is what America used to be about! The six-gun is being replaced by the garden plot, windmills and solar cells. Freedom!

  • Noah

    This is what Iran should invest in instead of Nuclear. I highly doubt that they will get in trouble with the international community over solar panels.

  • Noah

    This is what Iran should invest in instead of Nuclear. I highly doubt that they will get in trouble with the international community over solar panels.

  • Rif

    @Global Patriot

    Sorry Andasol links got lost. They are:

    2008-11-05

    New era of solar energy: Solar Millennium makes possible the plannable operation of solar-thermal power plants by using heat storage tanks

    http://tinyurl.com/6yvgxd

    Video of the Andasol 1 construction

    http://www.solarmillennium.de/index-f-805-1423-576-354.html

    Andasol Wikipedia

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andasol_1_solar_power_station

  • Rif

    @Global Patriot

    Sorry Andasol links got lost. They are:

    2008-11-05

    New era of solar energy: Solar Millennium makes possible the plannable operation of solar-thermal power plants by using heat storage tanks

    http://tinyurl.com/6yvgxd

    Video of the Andasol 1 construction

    http://www.solarmillennium.de/index-f-805-1423-576-354.html

    Andasol Wikipedia

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andasol_1_solar_power_station

  • Rif

    @Global Patriot

    Sorry Andasol links got lost. They are:

    2008-11-05

    New era of solar energy: Solar Millennium makes possible the plannable operation of solar-thermal power plants by using heat storage tanks

    http://tinyurl.com/6yvgxd

    Video of the Andasol 1 construction

    http://www.solarmillennium.de/index-f-805-1423-576-354.html

    Andasol Wikipedia

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andasol_1_solar_power_station

  • Rif

    @Global Patriot

    You are right but things are starting to happen. It is good to see that also Iran invest in this field, even when they have so easy access to cheap oil. Perhaps they have realised that this is not an endless resource, and also that the world will be changing.

    About middle east/north Africa in general, check out SolarMillennium. After finishing the Andasol 1 solar thermal power plant in Spain, they have now started developing a combined solar thermal and gas plant in Egypt.

    2008-12-02 First parabolic trough solar field in Egypt is under construction.

    http://tinyurl.com/6y7p44

    BTW, look up the Andasol 1 power plant. A world first of solar thermal utility scale plant with heat storage which allow to continue power generation 7 hours after sun set. Opened November 2008.

    However no reporting on Cleantech about this. I really wish Cleantech would report more about projects around the world, so much is going on.

    2008-11-05

    New era of solar energy: Solar Millennium makes possible the plannable operation of solar-thermal power plants by using heat storage tanks

    Video of the Andasol 1 construction

    Andasol Wikipedia

  • Rif

    @Global Patriot

    You are right but things are starting to happen. It is good to see that also Iran invest in this field, even when they have so easy access to cheap oil. Perhaps they have realised that this is not an endless resource, and also that the world will be changing.

    About middle east/north Africa in general, check out SolarMillennium. After finishing the Andasol 1 solar thermal power plant in Spain, they have now started developing a combined solar thermal and gas plant in Egypt.

    2008-12-02 First parabolic trough solar field in Egypt is under construction.

    http://tinyurl.com/6y7p44

    BTW, look up the Andasol 1 power plant. A world first of solar thermal utility scale plant with heat storage which allow to continue power generation 7 hours after sun set. Opened November 2008.

    However no reporting on Cleantech about this. I really wish Cleantech would report more about projects around the world, so much is going on.

    2008-11-05

    New era of solar energy: Solar Millennium makes possible the plannable operation of solar-thermal power plants by using heat storage tanks

    Video of the Andasol 1 construction

    Andasol Wikipedia

  • Rif

    @Global Patriot

    You are right but things are starting to happen. It is good to see that also Iran invest in this field, even when they have so easy access to cheap oil. Perhaps they have realised that this is not an endless resource, and also that the world will be changing.

    About middle east/north Africa in general, check out SolarMillennium. After finishing the Andasol 1 solar thermal power plant in Spain, they have now started developing a combined solar thermal and gas plant in Egypt.

    2008-12-02 First parabolic trough solar field in Egypt is under construction.

    http://tinyurl.com/6y7p44

    BTW, look up the Andasol 1 power plant. A world first of solar thermal utility scale plant with heat storage which allow to continue power generation 7 hours after sun set. Opened November 2008.

    However no reporting on Cleantech about this. I really wish Cleantech would report more about projects around the world, so much is going on.

    2008-11-05

    New era of solar energy: Solar Millennium makes possible the plannable operation of solar-thermal power plants by using heat storage tanks

    Video of the Andasol 1 construction

    Andasol Wikipedia

  • http://globalpatriot.com Global Patriot

    You would think that the middle east would be a prime place based on the intense sunshine, but this seems to be a rare occurrence. It would be amazing if they all became independent of their own oil reserves before western nations.

  • http://globalpatriot.com Global Patriot

    You would think that the middle east would be a prime place based on the intense sunshine, but this seems to be a rare occurrence. It would be amazing if they all became independent of their own oil reserves before western nations.

  • http://globalpatriot.com Global Patriot

    You would think that the middle east would be a prime place based on the intense sunshine, but this seems to be a rare occurrence. It would be amazing if they all became independent of their own oil reserves before western nations.

  • Doug

    This way they can sell all of their oil to China!

  • Doug

    This way they can sell all of their oil to China!

  • Doug

    This way they can sell all of their oil to China!

  • Megan West

    Hello,

    This article contained little to no information about the solar thermal installation in Iran. Who are the players involved? Mfg.,? Project developers etc;?

  • Megan West

    Hello,

    This article contained little to no information about the solar thermal installation in Iran. Who are the players involved? Mfg.,? Project developers etc;?

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