The instruction for supporting localization of clean and renewable energy power plants has been notified by the Minister of Energy, which provides a great capacity to support the development of technology and the local equipment manufacture as well as supplies for the renewable and clean energy generation. Technical and Standards Deputy of SATBA mentioned that according to this instruction, which is given in the implementation of the note of Article 6 of the Article 61 of the Law of Modifying Consumption Patterns, renewable power plants using local equipment shall benefit from an incentive factor in the guaranteed power purchase rate proportional to the localization of technology. It will increase the electricity purchase rate of these power plants by 30% compared to the base rate.
Dr. Doodabi Nejad continued that the technology cycle began to develop from science production and was completed with the production of technology and industrialization, and finally commercialization would lead to the wealth production. Fortunately, the requirements of this cycle are well anticipated in the regulation. This means that the technology and localization score is calculated on the basis of three indicators as follows:
. the construction of the local components of the power plant which is a score in proportion to the share of production and employment in Iran
. the internal design that the score of this section based on the share of the use of Iranian engineering potency in the design
. the local technical know-how developed for each of the components of the power plant which score is according to the share of technical know-how developed in Iran
All three mentioned indicators will have the same technology rating point. So, we see the three main dimensions of the localization of the technology cycle completion, namely, the knowledge production, technology production and the production of the commercialized product in the evaluation model. He added that after determining the technology score of the various localized components, the incentive coefficient of the total weight in this section points of the power plant is determined according to the tables set in the instructions. This score is approved according to the specialized report by the Niroo Research Center in the working group consisting of the head of SATBA and the representatives of Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade, the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology, the Innovation and Prosperity Fund, and the National Standard Organization.
He added that in order to support the investment in localization, SATBA has also signed a long-term power purchase agreement with companies that have the appropriate technical implementation plan for the development of technical know-how and construction of the local equipment. These companies should have obtained the relevant certificate and these contracts can be transferred to other investors. The advantage of this method is to make sure the product market is in place. Furthermore, researchers, knowledge-based companies and manufacturers will be incentivized to invest in the research and development and to complete the cycle of renewable energy technology.
At the end of meeting, he expressed his hope for the acceleration of the renewable energy development in the country, and adding that creating the opportunity and renewable energy investments market for the public, an appropriate capacity and platform for the development of related technologies and, ultimately, knowledge-based economy growth in the country, and with the creation of a clear and simple mechanism to support localization, craftsmen and researchers of the country can easily benefit from this legal incentive.