The development of renewable energy projects in Iran has gained momentum since the current government administration assumed office in August 2021, as stated by an official from the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization of Iran (SATBA).
Ali Shab-Navard, in a report by IRNA, mentioned that the 13th government’s Energy Ministry has introduced new investment packages and strategies aimed at attracting more capital for renewable energy projects nationwide. These diverse investment models have proven to be effective incentives for the renewable energy sector.
Thanks to these measures, the total capacity of renewable power plants in the country has now reached 1,085 megawatts, which is a significant achievement.
SATBA Head Mahmoud Kamani previously noted that the capacity of renewable power plants in Iran continues to grow steadily, with the commissioning of under-construction plants set to further boost this capacity.
The Iranian Energy Ministry has set a target of adding 10,000 megawatts to the country’s renewable power plant capacity by the end of the current government administration in August 2025.
In January 2022, the Energy Ministry, in collaboration with private contractors, signed memorandums of understanding for the construction of new renewable power plants.
Furthermore, SATBA announced plans to construct 110,000 solar power plants with a capacity of five kilowatts each for low-income groups in the current Iranian calendar year. Additionally, a tender for the construction of solar power plants with a total capacity of 2,200 megawatts will be held this year.
Regarding the progress of renewable power plant construction this year, the official mentioned that the 13th government announced a plan for such projects, and preparations for its implementation have been ongoing, with significant steps taken in this regard.
Currently, renewables, including hydropower, account for approximately seven per cent of Iran’s total energy generation, while natural gas holds a dominant share of 90 per cent.