Friday, 03 April, 2020

Iran’s monthly renewable output topped 4 GWh in late March

Iran’s Ministry of Energy says production of electricity from renewable sources exceeded four gigawatt hours (GWh) in late March 2020.

The ministry’s news service Paven said in a Monday report that renewable power along with the electricity saved through the grid during the Persian calendar month ending March 19 reached a total of 4 billion and 496 kilowatt hours.

It said the renewable saved the country some 1,277 million cubic meters of fossil fuels and a total of 989 million liters of water.

The report said production from the sector prevented the release of 3,072 metric tons of greenhouse gases in the monthly period.

It said total capacity of power generation from renewable sources in Iran is currently standing at 885 megawatts, meaning that the sector’s output at full capacity could exceed 7.75 terawatt hours (TWh) each year.

The report said that the government is completing construction for another 345 megawatts of capacity in new renewable power plants.

Iran has a total power generation of more than 85 gigawatts, or over 744 TWh a year, of which a tiny portion, just more than one percent, comes from the renewable.

A majority of Iranian power plants are of the gas-fired combined-cycle type which use massive amounts of natural gas and water to generate electricity.

Actual production of electricity in Iran is nearly 300 TWh each year, which is more than a third of the total installed capacity.

Wind and solar energy account for a bulk of production in the Iranian renewable sector, around 80 percent, with the government planning to build a series of massive wind and solar farms across the country in the upcoming years.

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