Breaking: Iran increases renewable capacity to over 920 MW
Iran’s Ministry of Energy has announced that capacity for generation of electricity from renewable sources has increased by 8 megawatts (MW) in the month to late March to reach more than 920 MW.
According to Press TV, a Thursday report on the ministry’s news service said that renewable capacity in Iran saw a boost in the final month of the current calendar year with the rollout of nearly 5,000 small-scale solar power stations across the country.
It said, however, that some 73 percent or 675 MW of the total renewable capacity has been fed to the national power grid over the period.
That helped save 1.68 billion cubic meters of fossil fuels and 1.3 billion liters of water that could have been used in normal power plants for electricity generation, said the report.
It said renewable capacity at 920 MW means that Iran is preventing the release of 25,000 metric tons of pollutant gasses into the air each month.
A renewable capacity at nearly 1 gigawatt (GW) for Iran is just a little more than one percent of the country’s total electricity generation capacity, which is currently at more than 85 GW.
The government has been supporting schemes that provide funding to households and businesses shifting to renewable power.
The Energy Ministry has introduced plans to supply power generated from the renewables to electricity-intensive businesses like cryptocurrency mining.
Nearly a half of Iran’s renewable power is solar while some 34 percent come from wind farms and the rest is generated in small hydroelectric units and plants based on biomass, heat recovery and expansion turbines.