Oil Minister of Iraq, Ihsan Abdul Jabbar said that the country is planning to expand its clean energy sources to 33% by 2030. Iraq is also planning to add new solar energy projects with foreign countries for the same.
He said that the projects signed over the past few months and new contracts planned by the Arab country would boost total solar power energy to nearly 12,000 megawatts (MW) in 2030.
He also said all solar power projects are part of a 10-year blueprint that was approved by the cabinet a few weeks ago with the aim of tackling a persistent post-war power supply gap that forced Iraq to rely heavily on energy imports, mainly from neighboring Iran.
“We aim for a clean energy production target of around 33 percent in 2030…the cabinet decision this year set a strategy to produce 12,00 MW of energy from solar power through EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) and (Independent Power Producers) IPP projects,” Jabbar said.
He said Iraq has already signed deals for the construction of solar power plants with Total of France and Abu Dhabi-based Masdar and that there are plans to finalise similar agreements with Acwa Power of Saudi Arabia, Power China and other firms.
Iraqi officials have said the contract with Total is for a 1,000-MW solar power plant while the agreement with Masdar provides for the construction of fve plants with a similar capacity.