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Published on April 24th, 2015 | by James Ayre


Iraq Looking For New Solar & Wind Energy Investors

April 24th, 2015 by  

The government of Iraq is aiming to attract new foreign investors for the creation of 3 large-scale solar energy projects and a wind energy project, according to recent reports.

As a means of attracting these potential investors, the government there is offering various tax + fee exemptions as incentives, as well as offering substantial help during the licensing, approval, implementation, and operation processes. Also worth noting: any potential investors will reportedly retain the right to repatriate capital + revenue + workers following on the payment of financial dues.

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The 3 planned solar energy projects are all between 5 and 10 megawatts (MW) in capacity (not very big). The wind energy project mentioned above is planned to fall under a similar capacity bracket, being somewhere between 5 and 10 MW in capacity (again, not very big, and could amount to a single turbine at that size).

According to the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity and the National Investment Commission (NIC), the 3 solar plants will be developed in the provinces of Diwaniya and Najaf, and the wind energy project will be built on the province of Misan.

The plan is apparently for two of the solar projects to be constructed at two different sites in Diwaniya — one which covers an area of 12.5 hectares, and one which will be between 12.5 and 15 hectares in size. The planned solar facility in Najaf will reportedly be around 50 hectares in size.

Investors that are interested are supposed to submit a letter of interest to the NIC within the next ~30 days (following the announcement, not this article). This letter of interest is supposed to contain a project feasibility study, engineering plans, and financing details.

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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