Hosted by Mazandaran regional water company, the national meeting for the development of small hydropower plants (up to 10 MW) was held in Sari at the presence of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization, Regional Water Companies of provinces and private sector investors. Public Relations and International Affairs office of SATBA reported that the national meeting for the development of small hydropower plants (up to 10 MW) was held on December 18th 2019 hosted by Mazandaran regional water company in Sari at the presence of excellent manages and technical engineers of water resource management companies of Iran, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization, regional water companies of the provinces and private sector investors.
According to this report, the discussion was dominantly about introducing capacities and potentials of hydro power plants in small and medium scale, explaining economic and environmental importance of the development of hydro power plants, indicating the hopeful effects of the new regulation of Ministry of Energy on increasing costs of guaranteed electricity and talking about the challenges in development of hydropower plants.
This report says that, Dr. Yakhkeshi, the CEO of Mazandaran regional water company and the head of this event, moreover to explaining the provincial programs of the company for the development of small hydro power plans added that the operational potential for installing small hydro power plants in Mazandaran is more than 454 MW. He also said that to this end, auctions will be started and the project will be assigned to the private sector investors.
The report adds that Mr. Esteeri, the deputy of hydro power plants of Iran Water Resource Management Company said that they will support and cooperate with Mazandaran regional water company in starting the auction in order to determine the right of water path of these power plants to accelerate providing licenses and cooperation with SATBA Organization in this regard.
Mr. Zafranchizadeh, the deputy of non-governmental development sector of SATBA talked about the preparedness of SATBA for providing licenses and contracts for guaranteed power purchase agreement to be made by these power plants and added that the development of renewable energy has always been a supporting policy of the Ministry of Energy. At the end of the meeting, Mr. Chitchian, the senior consultant of Niroo Research Institute pointed to the continuous economic growth of Iran and permanent use of alternative energy especially natural gas. He added that if Iran cannot reach a proper position in the development of renewable energy until the end of 2036, maybe the importation of natural gas will be needed.