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Published on July 6th, 2014 | by James Ayre


Iran Planning To Spend $60 Million On Solar PV This Year

July 6th, 2014 by  

The US’s sometimes pseudo-antagonist, Iran, is apparently planning to spend $60 million on solar PV power projects this year, according to recent reports.

That represents a pretty significant uptick in the country’s investment into solar energy — up from “just” $12 million last year.

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The focus is reported to be on rural areas that are otherwise completely dependent on diesel-powered generators — a good strategy, remote rural areas are certainly one place where solar PV really shines (no pun intended).

According to one of the senior officials at Iran’s Energy Ministry, the country recently passed a number of new laws intended to encourage and support domestic and foreign investment into renewable energy projects there. Notably, one of these is a feed-in tariff that just launched at the beginning of 2014 — which will be financed via surcharges on electricity bills.

The Iranian government has also apparently been installing large numbers of solar panels on rooftops around the country — everywhere from mosques, to schools, to government buildings — at over a 1,000 new locations.

This report follows on the country’s previous announcement of its plan to install over 5 GW of new renewable energy capacity by the year 2018. Spread out amongst solar PV and wind energy the new capacity would represent a significant increase in the country’s total renewable energy capacity.

While a large portion of the new capacity will surely be via wind energy, 500 MW of it will be via solar energy, as that portion of funding has been set aside for solar already.

For more information on that story, see: Iran Going Big With Renewables! 5,000 MW Of New Solar & Wind Capacity By 2018?

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  • spec9

    Wise move. They have a lot of sun so why not generate electricity from the sun and sell the oil & gas to other fools.

    • Ross

      Wind, solar, hydro, drop fossil fuel subsidies, efficiency and sell the oil and gas to foreign fools while there’s still a market.

  • JamesWimberley

    Iran’s ambitions are modest, but on the other hand they seem to be solid: real legislation and real projects. The scale of the current investment in renewables is too small to create a sea change in the support of the Iranian public for civilian nuclear power, which underpins the government’s playing with military nuclear fire. (Officially it’s all civilian.) But the process has started. Washington and other capitals have a strategic reason for supporting these developments in Iran that for once has nothing to do with climate change.

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