TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Wind and solar energy generation in Iran is set to rise significantly, an Iranian energy official announced.
“By the end of this (Iranian calendar) year (ends March 21, 2015), the country’s wind and solar energy production will double compared with that of last year’s,” Homayoun Haeri, managing director of Iran’s Power Generation Transmission and Distribution Management Company (Tavanir) said.
He noted that the Ministry of Energy attaches special importance to using clean energy resources.
Energy ministry officials had previously said that Iran plans to generate more than 5,000 megawatts of electricity from renewable energy resources by 2015.
They say renewable power stations will help increase the overall efficiency of power production in the country.
In August, Iran inaugurated the largest wind farm of the Middle East region in its northern province of Qazvin.
Iran’s electricity industry ranks first in the Middle East in terms of electricity generation by having an installed power generation capacity of over 67,000 MW.
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