India to invest in Iran’s renewable energy sector

India will invest in Iran’s renewable energy sector through the construction of wind and solar projects in the Islamic republic, said Yousef Armodeli, chief of the Iranian Renewable Energy Organization (S.U.N.A.).

In an agreement signed by the two countries, India will provide “technical know-how” to Iran and invest in the design, construction, installation and launch of power plants, reported Press TV.

Details regarding the worth of investment and lineup of projects remain confidential.

Mr. Armodeli underscored the importance of private sector investment in renewable energy projects, saying that the government has plans to utilize this segment as one of its macro policies.

To date, several contracts have been signed with the private sector to build power plants capable of generating 12,000 megawatts of electricity through renewables.

Mr. Armodeli further said that the installed capacity of renewable energy sources in the country will double by the end of the Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan on 2015.

Iran possesses the world’s fourth largest proven oil reserves and the world’s second-largest natural gas reserves, said the United States Energy Information Administration. Nevertheless, it also holds potential for both wind and solar energy. According to a study by the Monash University and the Center of Renewable Energy Research and Application in Tehran, the country could generate 6,500 megawatts of power from wind and optimize 19.23 mega joules per square meter of average solar radiation.

Currently, Iran generates more than 300 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity. Over the next three years, it aims to generate over 5,000 megawatts of electricity from renewable energy, the Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namjou announced in 2011.

By Eco Seed

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