The former minister of energy in Iran wind conference mentioned that renewable energy activities are the biggest service for environmental protection/ signing 2000 MW power purchase agreement of renewable energy, operation of 400 MW power plants
The former minister of energy mentioned that Iran is taking major steps towards renewable energy and that is the biggest help to environment.
Based on the public relations of SATBA, in the fifth inauguration ceremony of Iran wind conference, Mr. Chitchian mentioned that all the related parts of this industry such as governmental sector, investors, industries, universities and research centers can contribute to develop the activities regarding this sector in order to protect environment. H.E pointed to the feed in tariffs and mentioned that currently 100 MW wind turbines are being constructed and based on the plan; at least 50 wind turbines will be installed till the end of the year. (March 2018) He pointed to Sharif and Tehran universities that made small hydro turbines that right now are operating and added that at first, financing was done by the government but at the moment the private sector has entered to this field and has made the use of finance and direct investment possible.
The former minister mentioned that right now 11500 MW hydropower is being operated and out of this, 1798 MW has been operated in the 11th government. Also in the beginning of 11th government 128 MW was the wind and solar generation capacity and this amount has reached 400MW.
His Excellency added that 2000 MW power purchase contract is signed with the private sector and we hope that with the support of other sectors from this field, we could see the new face of this industry in the upcoming years.
Mr. Chitchian pointed to the procedure of RE development in Iran and referred to year 1993 that the first activities were done in the field of renewable energy in the Ministry of Energy. Although before that major activities were done in the field of large hydro powers but the initial wind, solar, and geothermal activities were commenced in the beginning of 70 decade. The former minister added that a renewable office was founded in the ministry of energy at that time in a condition that nobody believed this could be a major work and in planning centers and ministry of energy itself some were attempting to create barriers for the development of REs.
Mr. Chitchian added that following the creation of the office, an operating system was missing, therefor, renewable energy organization was established. After establishing this organization, it was decided that the organization as it has become governmental, shouldn't get involved in RE power plants construction only but also should support the private sector as well. He mentioned that during a year, based on the act approved by Parliament the organization was changed to renewable energy and energy efficiency organization of Iran.
He mentioned that at the beginning the effort was put to introduce such power plants, therefor we planned to implement pilot projects to make people familiar with this industry. At the same time, the research was noticed by universities and research centers and major steps were taken in this field.