The first solar power plant of Khorasan Razavi is operated in Aliabad village in Khaf city with 5 megawatt capacity. Public Relations office of SATBA reports: The first solar power plant of Khorasan Razavi in Aliabad village in Khaf city with 5 megawatt capacity with more than 350 billion Rial investment on a 10.5 hectare land was launched. Deputy Minister of Energy and head of SATBA, deputy of Economic Affairs of Khorasan Razavi province, Friday's prayer Imam of Khaf and managers of power industry attended launch event.
Dr. Sadeghzadeh in the opening ceremony of the power plant mentioned that Khaf region has a considerable potential of wind and solar energy and stated that there are opportunities for attracting investors in wind and solar energy fields with the aim of supplying the electricity of the region and especially export of it to eastern neighbor of Khorasan province (Afghanistan). He also pointed to the power generation potential from renewable energy and added that: Easiness and potential of power generation from renewable energy sources is accessible to everyone.
The mentioned power plant is able to reduce fusil fuels in one year as 2.82 million cubic meter of natural gas and reduce 6856 tons of greenhouse gases and also prevents consumption of 2186 cubic meter of water via producing annual 8 gigawatt/h of electricity. The investor of this project announced that: In the stage of constructing the power plant, 200 people had been employed directly and indirectly and 20 people are working in the power plant at the moment.
The total capacity of renewable energy power plants of Khorasan Razavi province is 43.65 by now and with operating the new power plant the number of renewable power plants of this province will be 11. This province has also 761 solar roof tops with the total capacity of 6478 kilowatt which makes Khorasan Razavi, the second province in Iran in development of this kind of power plants. This is while Khaf region has a special place in terms of renewable power plants and electricity exportation to eastern neighboring countries of Iran because of wind tunnels of Nashtifan and 120 days of wind blowing in Sistan and also using high solar power potential (1900 kWh/ m2).