News ID: 233238
Published: 0412 GMT October 23, 2018

Renewable electricity capacity to increase 598 MW by next summer

Renewable electricity capacity to increase 598 MW by next summer

Iranian Energy Ministry plans to add 598 megawatts (MW) of electricity, generated by renewable power plants to the national grid, in addition to those created by thermal and hydroelectric plants, to meet power shortage in summer 2019.

An estimate of domestic consumption in summer 2019, based on the country's electricity generation capacity during July 23-August 22, 2018, shows that Iran is faced with an 8,000-MW power shortage during peak hours on hot days, IRNA reported.

The ministry intends to fill the void by building thermal, hydroelectric and renewable power plants and managing domestic consumption more effectively.

To this end, the Energy Ministry's plans a to build wind farms with a total capacity of generating 102.4 MW of electricity, solar plants capable of creating 437 MW of electricity, biomass-fired power stations with a production capacity of 14.4 MW and small hydroelectric plants to generate 32.6 MW.

It also intends to generate 11.4 MW of electricity through thermal recycling.

Earlier Iran's Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said after the new renewable power plants become operational, Iran's electricity generation capacity through renewable resources will increase to 1,100 MW.

He made the remarks at the Third International Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition held in Tehran on October 9 and 10.

The minister put the present capacity of renewable power plants at 650 MW.

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