Happy New Year to all of you and I wish you all a fruitful and successful year from God Almighty. In the last days of the year, when our country, like other countries of the world, is fighting the Cuvid-19 virus, I hope that by defeating this virus, we will start the New Year with health, blessings and happiness.
The importance of energy has doubled in the international arena and the development of countries. One of the most important behaviors in the coming decades is the development of the use of electricity to replace other energy carriers, so that the capacity to generate and consume electricity will be more than double. This will be more widespread in the transportation and heating sectors. The second event is the supply of electricity from renewable and clean energy sources. Although oil especially natural gas will continue to be needed in large-scale energy areas, the role of commodities, such as the petrochemical industry will become more prominent in the oil and gas sector. The third aspect of future developments in the energy sector is the expansion of digital technology and smart energy in the field of energy that are occupying a wide range of incubation jobs.
From the social perspective, as a result of factors such as population growth, improvement of living standards, and the need for different sources, energy becomes more and more necessary. Accordingly, different countries are trying to provide part of their energy needs from other energy sources especially renewable energy. Renewability, flexibility, cleanliness and job creation are the most important features of renewable energy that lead to the realization of economic, social and environmental development goals which are the main factors in achieving sustainable development in any country.
Last year, despite economic difficulties, thanks to the public and private participation, the installed capacity of the renewable power plants reached 820 MW in the form of 57 solar power plants, 130 renewable and clean power plants in megawatt scale and more than 3700 renewable power plants in small scale which has led to job creation (20,285). It is worth mentioning that the development of the renewable electricity industry has been provided based on the campaign of Ministry of Energy under the title of "Every Week-A-B-Iran", 13 renewable power plant projects in the country, of which 10 projects have been inaugurated in the form of the mentioned campaign. By developing renewable power plants the emission of 3032 thousand tons of CO2 greenhouse gases has been prevented. In addition constructing 3,724 solar units in kilowatts scale has improved the quality of life of the people living in deprived and rural areas and has taken an effective step towards achieving the goals of sustainable development and public access to clean energy.
In the "year of jump in production”, more than 170 private companies are producing equipment, designing and installing renewable and clean power plants in the country are currently operating. Following the development of renewable power plants, the process of supporting the localization of this industry is ongoing, and various equipment such as wind turbines, solar inverters, crystal photovoltaic modules and monitoring systems have been produced by private companies.
Undoubtedly, the sincere efforts of all colleagues in the electricity industry in running renewable power plants have left us committed and determined to fulfill our great mission in developing renewable energy across the country.