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Renewable Energy in Iran
Thread to discuss renewable energy potential/projects/usage in Iran.

Iran has huge potential for renewable energy, particular solar and wind.

Map visualisation of Iran's photovoltaic potential:

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Last month Iran's installed renewable energy capacity reached 760 MW, across 115 renewable power plants. 85% of this capacity is from solar and wind energy.

Another 32 plants are under construction which are planned to bring an addition 380 MW of capacity.

More than 42,000 people are employed in the renewable energy sector (and related sectors, such as supply chains) in Iran.

Iran's renewable energy production has reached a new peak of 3.5 TWh (terrawatt hours).

However, this is still a very low amount of Iran's total electricity production of 300TWh - barely 1.5%!

From a recent scientific journal:

The majority of power plants installed in Iran are normally using the cheapest and most available fuels as input energy sources (e.g., natural gas and oil). Iranian fossil-fueled power plants annually emit nearly 180 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), which contribute to global warming. 

On the other hand, the use of renewable energy for producing the needed electricity significantly reduces the greenhouse emissions and polluting gases. Therefore, the environmental and health costs of producing electrical energy using fossil fuels are significantly higher than renewables, which are often unseen. 

Among the best available renewable energy sources, Iran benefits from high solar insolation with around 300 clear days annually and also large areas of available land. 

This shows that the solar systems utilization in Iran will be very economical. Despite this vast potential, Iran’s solar market has remained undeveloped.

Iran also has very good potential for wind energy:

Quote:A study done by Sharif University in Iran, illustrates that in 26 locations of the country (including more than 45 sites) the wind energy potential is estimated about 6500 MW.

... major southeastern parts have very good potential for harnessing wind energy.

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The 61.2MW Sihapoush wind farm, the country's largest project, has been fully commissioned, developer Arian Mah Baad has announced. [August 2018]

Located in the north-western province of Qazvin, it comprises 18 Siemens Gamesa SWT-3.4-108 turbines.

It delivered first power to the Iranian grid in May, and was fully commissioned in August.

Iranian company Safa Nicu was responsible for the site’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC).

The project cost €89 million to build and was financed by Iran’s National Development Fund facility and cooperative development bank Tose’e Ta’avon, the developer stated.

Siahpoush’s developer Arian Mah Baad is part of the Mahtaab group that owns 13 active power plants throughout the country, including hydro, steam, oil and gas facilities, according to its website.

It is considering adding solar PV at the Siahpoush site, the developer added.

The Mahtaab group is also developing the 31-turbine 99.2MW Tizbaad wind farm in Razavi Khorasan province in the north-east of the country. It will feature 3.2MW turbines, also manufactured by Siemens Gamesa, and will be commissioned in 2019.

Iran now has 203MW of installed capacity, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.

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