0211 GMT February 19, 2020
Reza Ardakanian pointed out that power plants in Sistan-Baluchestan currently generate 1,340 MW of electricity and several projects are under implementation across the southeastern province that are slated to add a total of 1,345 MW of electricity to the national power grid, reported Mehr News Agency.
He noted all the projects are scheduled to become operational by March 2021.
The projects are in line with the government's drive to increase electricity generation in the region, meet a part of the demand of the national electricity grid, create jobs for the local population and utilize the expertise of domestic experts in developing the national electric power industry.
Common borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan also gives the province an opportunity to boost electricity exports to the neighboring countries.
The projects underway in Sistan-Baluchestan vary from combined-cycle power plants to solar and wind farms.
Sistan-Baluchestan has great potential for producing huge volumes of electricity from different sources, especially the green ones, such as wind and solar power.
As part of development programs, the government is eying renewables as an alternative to fossil fuels, which constitute about 90 percent of Iran's energy mix. The existing renewable capacity is 670 MW.
The domestic power industry's capacity stands at about 80,000 MW but is facing average demand growth of five percent a year.