Teheran, November 19 - Neftegaz.RU. Located near the city of Yazd in central Iran, the new power plant will produce 17 megawatts of clean energy.
This unique power plant which is being constructed next to Yazd Combined Cycle Power Plant on a 40-hectare land is aimed to develop clean energy, indigenize the knowledge for the construction of such thermal power plants, reduce environmental pollution.
Iran has nearly 500 MW of capacity for traditional photovoltaic solar power.
Thermal solar, however, uses a new technology that allows storage of the sun’s heat to generate electricity for hours, including at night.
Based on Iran’s 6th 5-Year National Development Plan (2016-2021), the country was aiming for 5,000 megawatts increase in renewable capacity to meet growing domestic demand and expand its presence in the regional electricity market.
But in the final year of the plan, only 1/5 of the figure has been achieved.
Iran was supposed to become a regional hub in the field of energy in the past Iranian calendar decade (March 2011-March 2021), but evidence shows that the country is facing a shortage even in the supply of electricity inside the country, an issue that many believe that could be achieved by developing renewable energy and increasing efficiency of the thermal power plants.
After the JCPOA, known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal, in July 2015, many foreign delegations came to Iran for making investments and constructing renewable power plants in the country.
However, following the re-imposition of the U.S. sanctions, foreign investment in the country’s renewable industry has fallen significantly.
Iran´s Energy Ministry has recently announced plans to roll out around 10,000 MW of new renewables capacity within the next 4 years on top of nearly 1,000 MW which is operating currently.
Iran’s 1st thermal solar power plant to be launched by 2023
Renewables, including hydropower, account for about 7% of Iran’s total power generation, versus natural gas’ 90 % share