Ministry of Electricity of Iraq and Power Construction Corporation of China (POWERCHINA) which is owned by the state signed an agreement to construct a 2,000 MW capacity solar power plant.
The first stage of the 2,000 MW project will have a 750 MW capacity.
Iraq faces a shortage of power with constant power cuts each day and when hot summer hits, the temperature rises to 50 degrees, and most people have to depend on air conditioning.
Commenting on this, Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said that this project is one of the first such projects in the country and it would supply the system with clean, renewable energy.
Being the second-largest producer of oil in OPEC nations, Iraq imports electricity from Iran.
The Prime Minister previously said that the country wants to invest in solar plants.
Iraq’s Oil Minister Ihsan Ismail earlier told that the country will award solar power projects until 2025 to generate 10,000-12,000 MW, which makes up around 25% of its power needs.