Iran’s renewable power projects progress slowly, Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said.
According to him, Iran has planned to increase renewables volume by 5 gigawatts (GW) during next five years, Mehr reported Mar.16.
He said that during last year, Iran added only 16 MW to renewables, this year the volume reached 100 MW and next year 600-700 MW renewables would added to power generation capacity.
According to the latest weekly report of Iran’s energy ministry, the country added only 5 MW to its renewable power capacity during the current fiscal year, started March 21. Iran also added 75 MW to its hydroelectricity generation capacity during this fiscal year.
Before, Chitchian said during an interview with Trend in August 2016 that in five years, Iran expects to have actualized 5,000 MW of the power generated from renewable sources. "The figure would reach 7,500 MW by 2030".
He added that Iran has devised worth $30 billion plans for developing its power infrastructure in the following five years, which include building power plants, repairing and upgrading current ones, as well as developing and making the power grid smart.
Iran's power output increased by almost 2,000 MW during current fiscal year to 76,000 MW. It is projected to increase by 25,000 in five years and hit 125,000 in 10 years.
In 2015, Iran agreed to the terms of the COP 21 meeting in Paris, meaning by 2030, the country should be producing about 7,500 megawatts of power from renewable sources.
Currently Iran’s renewables capacity stands at 240 MW in total, according to the latest weekly report of Energy Ministry.