TEHRAN – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi inaugurated the country’s largest solar panel production unit in the center of Markazi Province on Friday, IRIB reported.
This unit is currently capable of producing solar panels with a total capacity of 500 megawatts (MW) per year, and in the final stage of development, it will produce solar panels for an annual supply of 1500 MW electricity.
Considering that some components of the solar panels are currently imported in this factory, the production unit is planned to produce all the necessary equipment and parts required for the production of solar panels in the Iranian year of calendar 1404 (begins March 2025).
The company is also building the country’s largest solar farm with a total capacity of 100 MW in Markazi Province.
Iran’s Ministry of Energy recently issued permits for the construction of solar farms with a capacity of four gigawatts (GW) across the country.
Last April, the Ministry’s Department of Renewables announced that the construction of the aforementioned solar farms will be available in the next two years.
It said the permits were issued after the government committed to providing sufficient financial resources needed for the construction of solar farms.
“The new plants are part of a 10-GW new renewable capacity that the Iranian government intends to develop until 2025,” the energy ministry added.
Earlier this year, Energy Minister Ali-Akbar Mehrabian said that the country’s installed capacity of solar farms is close to 900 MW.
Emphasizing that many good steps have been taken in this field in the country in recent years, the minister said that the significant increase in the capacity of power plants in the country, which is the result of the efforts of domestic experts, meet all electricity. the country’s needs while increasing Iran’s electricity exports.
The share of solar power plants in Iran’s renewable electricity generation capacity has reached 49 percent, according to data released by Iran’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization (known as SATBA).
Renewables, including hydropower, account for seven percent of Iran’s total energy generation, compared to natural gas’s 90 percent share.