TEHRAN July 2 (Shana)–Iran’s Energy Ministry has commissioned the generation of 7,000 MW of electricity to the private sector, a senior government official said.
Yousef Armodeli, secretary of New Energies Committee in the Office of Vice-President for Science and Technology, said 5,000 MW of electricity is expected to be generated under the country’s five-year economic development plan which ends in March 2015.
“Using renewable sources of energy, equipment of scientific and technological centers, supporting knowledge-based companies, using solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energies are among measures under way by eight specialized committees,” he said.
Renewable energy is generally defined as energy that comes from resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat. Renewable energy replaces conventional fuels in four distinct areas: electricity generation, hot water/space heating, motor fuels, and rural (off-grid) energy services.
Renewable energy is derived from natural processes that are replenished constantly. In its various forms, it derives directly from the sun, or from heat generated deep within the earth. Included in the definition is electricity and heat generated from solar, wind, ocean, hydropower, biomass, geothermal resources, and biofuels and hydrogen derived from renewable resources.
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