Iraq anticipates that once its three solar photovoltaic projects will be launched, the total mixed capability of these plants will be 2.75 GW. All these projects will start their operation in 2025.
The three solar projects include a 1 GW plant by Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, a 1 GW of solar PV plant by TotalEnergies and a 750 MW of solar PV project to be deployed by Energy China.
The 1 GW project by Masdar comprises a 450-megawatt (MW) plant in the Dhi Qar Governate in southern Iraq; a 100 MW and a 250 MW plant, both located in Ramadi in central Iraq; a 100 MW plant in Mosul in the north; and a 100 MW plant in Amarah in the southeast.
For TotalEnergies, the project will be constructed in the Basra region with a 1 GW capacity. Energy China will install 2 GW of solar plant with the first stage of a 750 MW capacity.
Areas like Anbar, Basra, and Muthanna have huge potential for solar energy. The country is planning to expand its clean energy sources to 33% by 2030.