0604 GMT October 18, 2019
Sarvestan and Saadatabad 44-kilowatt photovoltaic solar power plant has become operational in the southern Iranian province of Fars, said the managing director of South Zagros Oil and Gas Production Company (SZOGPC).
The construction of the solar power plant was aimed at reducing the emission of CO2 and other environmental pollutants by 62 tons per year, Shana wrote.
Hamid Izadi added the SZOGPC implemented the project to generate 85,368 kilowatt-hours of electricity per annum.
The operations to build the power plant began in late March and ended in late July, he noted.
Describing solar irradiance in Sarvestan and Saadatabad region as quite high, Izadi said the power plant is equipped with 120 solar panels, each with a power generation capacity of 370 watts.
Izadi added that the plant would help reduce his company’s annual electricity consumption costs by $13,330.
He noted that the SZOGPC had implemented numerous similar projects.
Thermal power plants
A total of 20 thermal power plants with a power generation capacity of 3,146 megawatts (MW) have come on stream in Iran since August 2017, according to a report by IRNA.
Prior to this date, the number of thermal power generation units in the country stood at 49, with a capacity of 5,845 megawatts. The number of the country’s thermal power stations currently stands at 69.
The nominal capacity of these units amounts to 8,991 MW.
In addition, since August 2017, successful efforts have been made to increase the efficiency of the country’s thermal power plants. This index, which stood at 37.2 in August 2017, reached 38.1 in the year ending in March 2019.
Among the factors which have contributed to the improvement of the efficiency of Iran’s thermal power stations have been the conversion of gas power plants into combined cycle power generation units, minimizing the use of low-efficiency power stations and constructing high-efficiency ones.
The efficiency enhancement of thermal power plants has helped decrease their fuel consumption for the generation of each kilowatt energy by 2.5 percent and reduce their CO2 emission index, from 645.8 grams per kilowatt-hour to 593.7 grams per kilowatt-hour, during the period between 2013 and 2018.